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College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology Department

The Psychology Department engages students in the study of the many aspects of psychological life—individual, physical, interpersonal, ethical, social, and cultural – using reflective and empirical methods.

Through effective teaching and hands-on experience both in the classroom and in the community, students  benefit from the broad range of expertise and practical experience of our faculty. Grounded in the theory and practice of clinical work as well as in quantitative and qualitative research, our faculty rep. They bring a range of perspectives to their teaching, including humanistic and phenomenological (systematic study of experienced meaning), depth psychology (interpreting the "hidden" aspects of personal life and their origin in childhood), social (emphasis on interpersonal life), behavioral (scientific observation of human behavior), and cognitive (learning and memory). Our approach draws upon perspectives and material from other disciplines as well, including literature, philosophy, history, and the social sciences.

Offerings include standard courses in developmental, abnormal, and social psychology and research methods as well as courses that focus on important but often-neglected areas in the areas of forgiveness, gender, political and ecological issues, health, existential-phenomenology, multicultural counseling, and creativity.

Degrees offered: MA, BA, BS, minor