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Psychology, broadly defined, is the study of animal and human behavior as well as human experience. The discipline involves the use of scientific methods in the discovery of facts and confirmation of theory as well as applications to problems. The major, therefore, includes a focus on the understanding and use of research skills and techniques. Psychology is a diverse field with important connections to biology, education, philosophy, and sociology. Increasingly, psychologists may be found in business, industry, education, government, and medicine, as well as in the more traditional areas of research and mental health.

Given its diversity and connections to other disciplines, psychology is a reasonable choice of major for students who seek a broad liberal arts undergraduate education. Psychology is also a practical major for those who seek careers immediately after graduation in fields where interacting with other people is primary—management, criminal justice, or human services, for example.

Psychology majors may choose to pursue advanced degrees in three general directions: one, as scientists, leading to careers in higher education or research settings; two, as practitioners, leading to roles as clinicians, school psychologists, industrial psychologists, and health psychologists; and three, as professionals in other fields such as law, medicine, and business administration.


Robert Batsell, Professor of Psychology. BA Southern Methodist University MS, PhD Texas Christian University

Karyn Boatwright, Associate Professor of Psychology. BA Lee University MA, PhD Michigan State University

Kyla Day (Chair), Professor of Psychology. BS Howard University MS, PhD University of Michigan

Peter Erdi, Luce Professor of Complex Systems Studies. MSc L. Eotvos University, Budapest MSc Technical University of Budapest PhD, DSc Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Gary Gregg, Ann V. and Donald R. Parfet Distinguished Professor of Psychology. BA University of California, San Diego PhD University of Michigan

Autumn B. Hostetter, Kurt D. Kaufman Professor of Psychology. BS Berry College PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison

Brittany Liu, Associate Professor of Psychology. BA Claremont McKenna College MA, PhD University of California, Irvine

Jennifer Mills, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology. BS University of Georgia MS Georgia College and State University MA, PhD Western Michigan University

Jennifer Perry, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology. BA St. Olaf College PhD University of Minnesota

Siu-Lan Tan, James A. B. Stone Professor of Psychology. BMus, Pacific Union College MA, PhD, Georgetown University

Tara Webb, Director of Institutional Research.


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