• A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.


What is this major?
Hartwick's rigorous and challenging Psychology program emphasizes the scientific method in its study of human behavior and mental processes. Experimental psychologists are committed to the idea that through objective empirical observations, progress can be made in understanding, predicting, and modifying behavior. Hartwick's program in Psychology focuses on the many factors that shape our behavior, including our experiences, the environment that surrounds us, our own unique pattern of development, and our biological heritage.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • personnel assistant
  • probation officer
  • child care worker
  • activities coordinator
  • social services caseworker
  • psychologist
  • occupational therapist
  • rehabilitation counselor
  • career counselor
  • social worker
  • school counselor
What skills will I improve/gain?
Interpersonal communication (oral and written), ethical practice, knowledge of human development and behavior, problem-solving, observing, analyzing and interpreting information, decision-making, concern for and sensitivity to others, interviewing techniques, critical and inferential thinking, insight to deal effectively with people, ability to resolve or mediate conflicts, understanding of group dynamics

Who employs graduates from this major?
Schools, state/federal government, colleges/universities, private practice, mental health agencies, community agencies, rehabilitation agencies, business and industry, correctional facilities

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Extensive research facilities
  • Students present research at Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Washington, DC
  • Graduates attend Cornell, Penn State, Boston College, Boston University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, University of Rochester, New York University

Visit the Psychology Department Web page.

Department Chair
Lisa Onorato, 607-431-4964, onoratol@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.