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Department of Psychology

Psychology is behind everything we do. Explore the human mind. Understand how people interact with each other and what drives behavior. Learn more about the human experience and make lives better.

Why study psychology?

Whatever career you pursue, a background in psychology—the scientific study of behavior—enhances your employability. Just as importantly, it helps you understand yourself and others.

Psychology teaching and research cover four distinct areas:

  • Clinical Health Psychology: how mental, emotional and social factors affect physical well-being.
  • Cognitive Psychology: understanding fundamental mechanisms underlying cognitive and neural processing—how we think, perceive, remember, forget, solve problems, focus and learn.
  • School Psychology: assessment and intervention to improve learning, behavior and mental health among children and adolescents.
  • Social Psychology: study of thought and behavior in social and physical environments.

Check out our research page.

You have many study options—a bachelor of arts major, a bachelor of science major and a minor. Opportunities for undergraduate research helps you apply what you learn in class, find a mentor, improve your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and pursue a topic that fascinates you.

What can I do with a psychology degree?

According to the 2019 Princeton Review, psychology is one of the ten best majors in terms of job prospects, salaries and popularity.

When you study psychology, you gain skills to succeed in graduate school, professional school, and the workplace. Professional psychologists may be researchers investigating behavior and/or practitioners applying their knowledge and skills to individual and social problems.

Psychology degrees can lead to positions in:

  • Public and private healthcare
  • Education
  • Mental health support
  • Law
  • Social work
  • Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Child development
  • Media and advertising
  • Human resources
  • Business and management

Psychology faculty are distinguished psychologists known for the highest achievement in research, a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and active engagement in community settings.

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Side by side portraits of Eric Coughlin, left, and Jillian Scheer, right.

(June 27, 2022)

Two A&S Professors Receive Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

The awards will support physicist Eric Coughlin’s astrophysical research into deep tidal disruptions and psychologist Jillian Scheer’s work with at-risk LGBTQ populations.

National Science Foundation logo

(April 29, 2022)

Five NSF CAREER Awards a Record for A&S

Professors John Franck, Brett Jakubiak, David Kellen, Davoud Mozhdehi and Minghao Rostami have been awarded five-year CAREER grants to support their innovative research and educational outreach.

Jillian Scheer portrait

(Nov. 16, 2021)

Dr. Jillian Scheer Named Inaugural Cobb-Jones Professor of Clinical Psychology

The professorship was made possible by a gift of $2 million in honor of psychology alumna Dr. Faith “Chris” Maltby Cobb.

Abigail Caselli

(Nov. 5, 2021)

Abigail Caselli Receives Grant from The Love Consortium for Her Research

Abigail Caselli, social psychology Ph.D. student, received funding from The Love Consortium through the John Templeton Foundation for her research project, An Examination of Conflict in Interracial Relationships: A Consideration of Constructive Accommodation.