Psychology, General, BS

Psychology, General, BS

Come join a continuum of theory and experimentation that’s only a century and a half old, with fresh discoveries being made every day.

This major is designed for students who want a general education in the field. Using a balance of theoretical and experimental work, our program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of psychological theories and cognitive science. All of this takes place within small, discussion-rooted classes, a hallmark of the liberal arts tradition.

Guided by our renowned, approachable faculty, you’ll hone your ability to wrestle with unfamiliar problems and ethical issues, the tools to investigate topics in-depth, and the communication skills needed to share information with others. We’re committed to providing you with hands-on opportunities, both in formal classes and through directed laboratory, field research opportunities at home and abroad, and independent study.


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Upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor of science degree in psychology, students will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of and be able to critically analyze the theoretical approaches, research findings, and historical trends in psychology
  • UNDERSTAND multiple research methods and statistical tools and be able to use them to design research and collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as proficiently write a research report using standard APA format
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the multiple ways gender, culture, age, and sexual orientation affect psychological processes (e.g., perception, memory, learning, affect, social behavior, and development)
  • APPLY psychological theory and research to real-world problems and issues

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“Right after graduation, I got hired at Verkada, a security tech company, as a recruiting coordinator. In school, I didn’t think I would end up in recruiting, but it makes sense. Psychology is all about relating to people and understanding different points of view, which highly correlates with recruiting. Personally, learning about psychology has helped me better understand myself as well as the importance of mental health.”

Morgan Blume, '22, General Psychology


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