Interim Department Chair: Professor Jeffrey Rudski
Professors: Edelman, Harring, Sciutto, Tjeltveit
Associate Professors: Gotthard, Richmond, Sinno, Wolfe
Assistant Professors: Bagley, Frazer, Lassiter, Michniewicz
Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior. The major is designed to permit a wide range of applications while maintaining requirements that will give an excellent background in and knowledge of what constitutes the science of psychology.
Students with a wide range of interests either major in psychology or complete a number of psychology courses. A major in psychology will give students the necessary background to go to graduate school in any area of psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling, development, social, or experimental). The study of psychology provides an excellent background for students interested in careers in a variety of areas, such as the health professions, human resources, law, education, business, biology, or the natural sciences.
Psychology Thesis Program & Graduation Honors
Qualified psychology majors may apply for a year-long thesis program featuring advanced, original research. The program is developmental in that it seeks to offer intellectually curious students an intensive experience of mentorship and collaboration. To be eligible for the Thesis Program, a student must be a junior or senior psychology major and must have a psychology GPA of 3.30 or better. Normally, students will have also completed PSY 103 - Psychological Statistics , PSY 104 - Research Methods in Psychology , and at least one semester of PSY 270 - Research Apprenticeship , PSY 970 Psychology Independent Study/Research , or equivalent experience prior to beginning their thesis.
Thesis students develop, conduct, and defend a sophisticated empirical or theoretical research project. The first semester of the thesis year is spent developing a comprehensive research proposal. During the second semester, students complete their research, generate a written thesis, and orally defend the project at a public presentation. Thesis work is advised and evaluated by a Thesis Committee.
The Thesis Program counts as a Capstone (Culminating Undergraduate Experience) experience. Thus, students who successfully complete the program are not required to take PSY 490 - CUE: Advanced Research in Psychology . Interested students should speak with their advisors in the Fall of their junior year, and may visit the Psychology Department office or the Psychology website for more information.
Graduation Honors in Psychology
Students seeking graduation honors in psychology must first be admitted to the Thesis Program and successfully develop a research proposal during the first semester of the thesis year. During the second semester, the thesis advisor may choose to nominate exceptional work for honors consideration. The thesis committee decides whether or not to grant honors at a meeting immediately following the student’s oral defense. Please note that being nominated does not guarantee the conferral of psychology honors. Students must maintain a psychology GPA of 3.70 or higher to qualify for departmental graduation honors.
CoursesPsychologyBiological, Behavioral, and Cognitive ProcessesSociocultural ProcessesDevelopmental ProcessesClinical and Applied PsychologyCulminating Undergraduate ExperienceIndividualized Instruction