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

BIO 223

Animal Behavior

Instructor 
Stanback 

One can explore animal behavior on multiple levels of analysis: ontogenetic (the developmental origins of behavior), phylogenetic (the evolutionary origins of behavior), proximate (the physiology and neurophysiology of behavior), and functional (the fitness consequences of behavior).  In…

PSY 303

Psy Res: Behavioral Neuro

Instructor
Ramirez

(Cross-listed as Biology 331.) Role of the nervous system; sensory and motor mechanism; physiological bases of motivation and emotion; sleep and arousal; and physiological bases of learning, memory, and language. Extensive laboratory training.  Work with animals is required. …

PSY 314

Psy Research: Clinical

Instructor 
Sockol

Overview of the research methods and statistical techniques used in research in clinical and positive psychology through lecture, laboratory, and independent research projects. Students gain knowledge and experience evaluating psychological research and applying these techniques and methods…