Studies in modern psychology focus on mind, brain and behavior. Grounded in empirical research with both humans and animals, psychologists investigate and seek explanations for the behavior and mental life of individuals, in addition to developing methods for promoting psychological well-being.
The psychology curriculum explores such topics as how brain function determines behavior; how we see, hear, and learn; what constitutes abnormal personality; how people develop emotionally and cognitively; and how individuals work in groups. Through laboratory practice and experimentation, individual research projects, and small-group seminars, the program encourages critical evaluation of psychology’s accomplishments and its future.
All students are eligible for directed study courses, which are individualized study or research experiences under the supervision of a faculty member. Co-op placements are based in both community (often mental health) and research settings. The Department also offers honors sections of some courses.
A solid scientific background in psychology helps prepare students for academic careers in teaching and research as well as professional careers in business, public and social services, education, mental health, law, and medicine. It also provides a foundation for graduate study in all areas of psychology, including clinical programs.