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.
Exciting Student Outcomes
Hartwick psychology students complete research and internships and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.
Otsego County Deptment of Social Services, Cooperstown, N.Y.
Tarrissa Sparks ’15
Family Serivce League
Fred Golini ’15
Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology
Hannah Storm ’16
MSW Program, The Ohio State University
Kelsey Wegener ’16
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
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
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.
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Hartwick Psychology students have the opportunity to conduct research, explore the world, and foster continued scholarship in eachother.
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The Psychology faculty at Hartwick are experienced teachers, scholars, and mentors who are dedicated to helping students succeed and thrive.
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