The Psychology Major at Davidson

Davidson psychology majors graduate fully prepared for post-graduate study in psychology or another discipline.

You will be capable of contributing to the knowledge base of the discipline and be a better-informed consumer of psychological research, an effective manager of relationships, and an exemplar of good citizenship in your community.

The Psychology Department's curriculum development efforts align with the American Psychology Association's guidelines for undergraduate psychology programs. Bridging the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, psychology teaches you to think critically and enables you to gain a better understanding of yourself and others. The psychology department will equip you, whatever your profession or career, for a life of leadership and service.

As a psychology major, you learn a broad discipline incorporating the scientific approach with the study of human and animal behavior and the physiological and cognitive processes underlying behavior. You learn the application of psychological knowledge as a solution for addressing practical problems in diverse contexts ranging from the family to the clinic to various businesses. To plan your major, consult our course planning diagram (PDF).

Courses You Might Take

PSY 317

Methods in Cultural Psychology


This course is designed to provide students with in-depth study of various methodologies and data analytic strategies used in cultural psychological research. Cultural Psychology focuses on how culture and psychological processes exist in a bi-directional relationship. This course…

PSY 101

General Psychology

Boyd, Munger, Sharp

Survey of the current psychology of learning, perception, motivation, intelligence, thinking, and social and abnormal behaviors, with emphasis on the application of scientific methods to psychological investigation and on the biological bases of behavior and experience. Students…

PSY 401

Issues in Psychology

Boyd, Multhaup, Sockol

Central issues in psychology that cut across previous course boundaries. Specific topics vary year by year. The course begins with a review of major approaches to psychology (e.g., Behaviorist, Biological, Cognitive, Evolutionary, Humanist, Psychoanalytic) and ethical principles that…