College of Arts and Sciences


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

    The faculty brings a broad range of perspectives and practical experience to their teaching. Grounded in the theory and practice of clinical work as well as in quantitative and qualitative research, 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).

    The faculty also draws upon perspectives and material from other disciplines such as literature, philosophy, history, and other social sciences in their teaching. Offerings include courses that are standard in any department (e.g., developmental, abnormal, social, and research methods) as well as courses that focus on important but often-neglected areas (e.g., forgiveness, gender, political and ecological issues, health, existential-phenomenology, multicultural counseling, and creativity).

    Degrees offered: BA, BS, minor 

    2014-2015 Student Achievements

    Alison Antoku and Casey Madayag earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Project for their work The Effects of Dedicated Time on Motivation, Self-Esteem, and Academic Achievement.

    Jessica Gandy and Christine Jensen presented their award winning research project Can Priming Influence Benevolent and Hostile Sexist Attitudes? at NCUR.

    Jennifer Cruz presented her qualitative research project Perceived Psychological Benefits of Volunteering Abroad at NCUR.

    Sam Battalio presented his poster project Reevaluating Generation Me at NCUR.

    Christian Klein and Arianna Sapp co-authored a chapter with Dr. Hy and others in Emotional Intelligence: Current evidence from psychophysiological, educational and organizational perspectives titled, The Dynamic Relationship Between Spirituality, Gratitude and Emotional Intelligence. 

    Michelle Globe presented her award winning project Creativity and Mood: Art Therapy Targeting Affect and Self-Esteem at NCUR.

    Nguyen Tran was awarded a "distinguished graduate" for 2015.

  • Meet alum Massimo Backus '08, organizational development consultant at Nintendo of America.

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  • Meet recent Psychology alum Jessica Gandy '15, Tau Sigma's top national scholarship award recipient.
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  • Meet alum Gretchen Herzog Sullivan '01, Supervisor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Children's Hospital.

    Learn more: Watch the video and read the article.

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