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We encourage our psychology students to look at thought and action from a scientific perspective, to undertake independent research projects and to apply classroom knowledge through practicum experiences.
Undergraduate work in psychology is required for professional preparation in a wide range of psychological specialties and neuroscience; it also provides an appropriate foundation for work in such areas as cognitive science, public health, law, medicine, social work, management and the ministry.
In addition to giving you a thorough understanding of the various sub-fields of psychology, we try to provide opportunities not available at many other institutions. For example, in our introductory course, you’ll conduct experiments rather than just read about them.
In upper-level courses, you’ll use professional tools to engage in your own original research. You may have the opportunity to travel to international sites that are important to the history of the field as well as to learn specialized skills such as psychophysical measurement, linguistic analysis and electron microscopy.
Mobile devices, iPads, online databases and active learning classrooms are changing the way faculty teach.
Janelle Taylor, Alma College Class of 2015 alumna, showed New York City how Plaid Works. Janelle presented her honor’s thesis at the International Attachment Conference. See Janelle in action starting at 3:20 in the highlights video from the conference.
Kapp Prize recipients present research on animal social behavior, literary rhetoric in postcolonial novels and adolescent risk-taking.
Congratulations to Janelle Taylor for winning the Kapp Prize for the Natural Sciences division with her thesis presentation on “Attachment and Hostile Parental Discipline as Predictors of Risk-taking Behaviors” at Honor’s Day!
Hailey Albert and Cassie Haley also gave stellar presentations at Honor’s Day. Check out their abstracts here.