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 313

PsyRes: Quant/Experimental

Instructor
Eiler

Science has experimentation and quantification at its foundation. This course will focus on the interdependency between methodology and measurement in Psychology with an emphasis on using human-machine interfaces (e.g., virtual reality, digital interaction, social media, computational modeling, eye/body…

PSY 310

Psy Research:Design & Analysis

Instructors 
Boyd, Eiler

Introduction to psychological research. Descriptive, correlational, and experimental methods of research will be examined. Primary focus on data analysis including descriptive statistics and inferential statistics with emphasis on analysis of variance. Mandatory weekly computer lab. Recommended in…

PSY 282

Learning

Instructors
Ramirez, Smith

Overview of major topics in learning: elicitation, classical conditioning, reinforcement, punishment, problem solving, behavioral economics, and verbal behavior. Focus on empirical data, research methodology, and technologies generated from learning research.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.

Prerequisites
Psychology 101.