Psychology Department

Psychology Department Overview

Psychology majors choose to work on some of the most exciting, yet challenging, problems: understanding human behavior and understanding the human mind. As a psychology major, you will discover how the tools of the scientific method can help you tackle the greatest puzzles of understanding, predicting, and modifying behavior. Hartwick’s rigorous psychology program emphasizes the scientific method and empirical approach in its study of human behavior and mental processes. Students who major in psychology acquire knowledge of major theoretical frameworks and hone research skills in observation, experimental design, data analysis, and scientific report writing.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.


Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick psychology students complete research and internships and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.

Internships
Otsego County Deptment of Social Services, Cooperstown, N.Y.
Tarrissa Sparks ’15

Family Serivce League
Fred Golini ’15

Graduate School
Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology
Hannah Storm ’16

MSW Program, The Ohio State University
Kelsey Wegener ’16

Employment
Human Resources Specialist
New York Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Edmeston, N.Y.
Gwen Bennis ’16

Patient Care Technician
Ellis Medicine, Schenectady, N.Y.
Nicole LaFay ’16


Psychology Requirements

A major in psychology provides an appropriate background for a variety of professions in which an understanding of the principles of human behavior is important. Graduate study in medicine, law, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, or social work, as well as in psychology, might all follow an undergraduate major in psychology. With little or no advanced training, majors also are qualified for positions in psychology-related fields in such capacities as admissions representatives, drug counselors, deputy probation officers, and psychiatric aides. However, the undergraduate program in psychology, like pre-medical and pre-law programs, does not provide the specialized training needed to be a professional psychologist, which requires a graduate degree as an indication of competence.

Ready to be a psychology major or minor? Here’s what it takes.

Psychology Majors and Minors


Psychology Courses

Hartwick Psychology offers a systematic approach starting with the introductory sequence, the fundamental skills sequence, upper level core courses, advanced research courses, and the capstone experience.

Check out our course offerings!


Special Opportunities

Hartwick Psychology students have the opportunity to conduct research, explore the world, and foster continued scholarship in eachother.

More about special opportunities


Psychology Faculty

The Psychology faculty at Hartwick are experienced teachers, scholars, and mentors who are dedicated to helping students succeed and thrive.

Meet our Psychology Faculty


Still Have Questions?

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