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Are you thinking what we’re thinking?

As a psychology major, you’ll explore the human psyche and the connections between how we think, feel, and behave. You will learn how to promote emotional and behavioral health — both within ourselves and with others. Studying psychology at Clark provides the blueprint for a great career.

Psychology is a research-intensive field; given Clark’s commitment to action-based learning, you’ll be required to take at least one lab or research course, where you’ll be able to integrate the perspectives of diverse cultures into your work. So whether you’re interested in the psychology of genocide, child development, abnormal psych, or other areas within this rich course of study, you’ll have the chance to advance knowledge and make a difference.

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Why Study Psychology at Clark?

  • Join the department where the American Psychological Association was started in 1892 by Clark’s first president, psychologist G. Stanley Hall.
  • Participate in a rigorous program that’s unusual in requiring you to gain familiarity with experimental, statistical, and qualitative methods.
  • Collaborate with professors and doctoral students on one or more groundbreaking research projects, the results of which may end up being presented at national and international scientific conferences.
  • Gain hands-on experience and direct perspective on the field by completing internships at local organizations such as the Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, and Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital.
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Your Will. Your Way.

The Major Path

As a psychology major, you will complete a minimum of 10 courses in the department. These include four core courses and at least one course from each of these topic areas: basic processes, developmental/cultural, and social/personality; a first seminar; a lab or research course; and a senior capstone. You’ll choose from a diverse list of courses on topics like learning, sensation, perception, development, personality, social, and evolutionary psychology. You can also take advantage of intensive career-relevant seminars, laboratory, and research courses, where you can participate in discussions of research and theoretical issues.

In consultation with your faculty adviser, you also will be required to complete a minor or concentration in another field that complements your psychology major. Some examples include the concentrations in peace studies and Holocaust and genocide studies, and the education minor. Alternatively, you can work with your psychology adviser to design your own sequence of six courses.

Clark’s Education Department offers two sequences of courses that might interest you as a psychology major. The Human Services course sequence is for students interested in pursuing a career and/or graduate study in the helping professions, while the School Psychology course sequence is for students considering advanced graduate work in school psychology and related professional fields.

Skills you will learn include:

  • Knowledge of the natural world and human cultures and societies
  • Intellectual and practical skills
  • Capacities for effective practice

The Psychology Department’s facilities include more than 35,000 square feet of laboratory space for all faculty and student research, including offices for graduate students. A Research Skills Room contains computers for undergraduate data analysis, and a Presentation Preparation Room contains computers, printers, and imaging technology for the preparation of posters and other presentation materials for conferences and professional meetings. Learn more.

During your junior year, you might be accepted into the psychology honors program. Joining the program means you’ll work closely with a professor to create a thesis on a topic of your choice. Examples of recent honors theses topics are:

  • Seeking Self-Certainty in an Uncertain Time: Attachment Style and Self-Esteem in Emerging Adulthood
  • Distress Tolerance as a Mediator of Borderline Personality Symptoms and Anxious Attachment, and Obsessive Relational Intrusion (ORI): An Exploratory Study
  • Autism, Aggression, and Courtesy Stigma: Public Perception of Parents with Children on the Spectrum
  • Alcohol Use, Social Norms, and Sense of Belongingness Among College Students and Recent Graduates
  • The College Selection Process of Student Athletes

The LEEP difference

An education merging knowledge, action, and impact

With Liberal Education and Effective Practice, lessons begin in the classroom but never end there. Your learning includes world and workplace experiences that forge your skills and shape your path.

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