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 290



The Autism Practicum, offered in collaboration with Autism Charlotte ( is available this coming semester. This is a great opportunity for students with interests in psychology, education, pediatrics, and other child-related specialties. More specifically, the class focuses on Applied…

PSY 284

Drugs and Behavior

M. Smith, Schmidt

The course examines the effects of drugs on human and animal behavior. Consideration is also given to the physiological effects of drugs on the central nervous system. Methods for preventing and treating drug abuse are also…

PSY 352

Adv Sem:Counseling Psychology


This course delves into the field of Counseling Psychology, which seeks to empower all individuals to overcome challenges and achieve optimal functioning.  Reading and discussions will center on the history, ethics, outcomes research, and prominent theories of counseling…