Majoring in Psychology
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Sam Sommers
Department Chair: Lisa Shin
Psychology is concerned with the processes and principles of behavior in humans and animals.
Increased understanding of oneself and others through the study of
psychology is useful in almost every endeavor. Our undergraduate
psychology curriculum is diverse in order to reflect the breadth of
the field -- from the biological bases to the social determinants of
behavior. Students can obtain general familiarity with psychological
knowledge as well as have the opportunity to emphasize specific
areas of psychology. Courses are geared toward the development of
evaluative and analytic skills, which are indispensable to advanced
study in experimental, clinical, and applied psychology. These
skills, together with knowledge of the factors influencing
individual and group behavior, are highly valuable for careers in
such diverse fields as public health, engineering, medicine,
business, administration, law, and education.
The department offers a
general psychology major, which offers a great deal of
flexibility in areas of emphasis. We also offer four additional
majors for students wishing to pursue specialized interests in
engineering psychology, and
cognitive and brain science. Each
major requires several courses taught in the department, as well as
a variety of courses taught in fields related to psychology.
We offer several research opportunities for undergraduate
students to work with faculty members and graduate students. These
opportunities vary with respect to the amount of experience
necessary and time commitment. Working in a lab can provide
students with direct experience in their chosen field of study, and
provide a useful glimpse into the world of academic research.
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