Psychology encompasses a range of phenomena and levels of analysis in pursuit of three goals: to deepen understanding of cognitive and neural mechanisms of sensation, perception, learning, and emotion; to probe the biological and evolutionary foundations of animal behavior; and to clarify the social perception and assessment of individuals and groups. The concentration offers an array of course options, including study in quantitative methods, laboratory techniques, and senior seminars on specialized topics. Students take upper-level courses in the field’s major sub-disciplines, including perception and cognition, behavioral neuroscience, and social psychology. The concentration in Psychology prepares students for careers in clinical psychology, business, policy-related research positions, law, and education. 

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop a foundation in the science of perception and cognition, as well as social, comparative, and developmental psychology
  • Acquire expertise in at least one of the core areas of psychology
  • Learn to formulate a scientific question
  • Apply quantitative and other research methods
  • Produce a piece of original research


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Honors and Capstones

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Concentrators are required to take an advanced level seminar in Psychology as a capstone experience.  The Honors Program in Psychology allows undergraduates to carry out an empirical research project under the direction of a faculty member. It should be developed by the student in consultation with his or her faculty sponsor during or prior to the student's sixth semester. The program also provides the opportunity for outstanding senior concentrators to receive their undergraduate degree with Honors in Psychology. Please visit the Psychology concentration website for complete information on the eligibility requirements for Honors.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Expand your reading skills
  • Collaborate fully
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Experience scientific inquiry
  • Evaluate human behavior

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201354 54 
201446 46 
201552 52 
201650 50 
201740 40 

Alumni Pathways

Psychology alumni often begin their careers as research assistants, clinical interns, or in business administration. Most pursue graduate or medical training or policy-related or science research positions.

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Dept. Undergraduate Group

Student Leaders:

  • Charlotte Crider

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