Degree: Bachelor of Science
As a Union College psychology major, you’ll engage in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes through a broad range of courses.
Courses and requirements
Students have ample opportunity to learn outside of the classroom through internships, which provide practical experience in the field. Over the years, students have worked for a variety of organizations, including advertising agencies, centers for autistic children, centers for victims of domestic violence, biofeedback clinics, marketing firms, employee assistance programs and residential facilities for emotionally disturbed children.
Our faculty are active scholars, so students have every opportunity to get involved in cutting-edge research. Students can volunteer in research labs, enroll in practica or supervised-research courses that earn college and departmental credit, and serve as summer research fellows that earn a summer stipend.
The capstone experience – the optional senior thesis – allows students to take on a research topic of their own and work with a faculty member from start to finish, typically culminating with a written project and an oral presentation at the College’s annual Steinmetz research symposium. Many students co-author published papers and present their work at national and regional academic conferences.
About three times each term, distinguished faculty from around the country come to Union to share their scholarship as part of the Psychology Department Speaker Series. They give a presentation to the department and the campus community, and meet over dinner with students enrolled in our honors seminar. Over the years, scholars from institutions such as Cornell University, Duke University, Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have presented their research on a wide range of fascinating topics, such as the neurobiology of addiction, body checking and anxiety, conspiracy theories and political psychology.
- Deputy director of training and development, Central Coast Children's Fund
- Master of Philosophy candidate in education, globalization and international development, University of Cambridge
- Program supervisor, C.O.C.O.A. House
- Project assistant, Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Public health associate, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Public relations associate, RF Binder
- Researcher, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness
- U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Athens, Greece
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