What makes people behave as they do? How does the human mind work? And how can we use this knowledge in today's world?
"My professors are so accommodating and knowledgeable that I find myself in their offices simply to pick their brains."Maura Driscoll '15
As a Union College Psychology major, you will explore such questions as you engage in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You will enjoy small classes, enriching internship opportunities and collaboration on research with faculty who are accomplished in their fields.
The Department of Psychology offers a broad array of courses covering this multidimensional field, including:
- abnormal psychology
- child and adolescent psychology
- cognitive psychology
- educational psychology
- experimental methods
- industrial-organizational psychology
- personality psychology
- the psychology of language
- social psychology
After learning the fundamentals, you will take advanced seminars (with 14 or fewer students) in an area of interest, with topics as varied as Psychology of Religion, Love and Death, and the Seven Deadly Sins.
You also will have opportunities to do independent field work, theses and research with your professors. Each year, many students co-author published papers and give presentations of their work at national and regional psychology conferences, as well as at Union's own Steinmetz Research Symposium.
Internships are an essential component of our program. Psychology students have held internships at a center for autistic children, a battered women’s shelter, biofeedback clinics, day care centers, employee assistance programs, residential facilities for emotionally disturbed children, suicide prevention programs and with other local organizations and programs.
The study of psychology prepares students to enter graduate and professional programs in psychology, social work, medicine, dentistry, nursing, law, education and business, and to pursue a wide range of occupations in these and other fields.