Psychology is the science of mind and behavior.
The psychology curriculum at Lawrence is well-balanced to represent the breadth of the core areas of psychology, including clinical, cognitive, developmental, health, neuroscience, personality, and social psychology. The psychology department also provides an in-depth study of specific topics, such as psychopharmacology, music, language, psychopathology, adolescent development, prejudice, and emotion.
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How the brain functions
How people sustain social relationships
How people think, remember, solve problems, and create
How the mind shapes behavior, and how behavior shapes the brain
How mental disorders develop and are best treated
Deciphering people’s buying habits
Individual social behaviors in a group setting
How medicine and chemicals influence behavior
Improving lives individually (e.g., treating psychopathologies) and collectively (e.g., addressing large scale social problems)
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Life After Lawrence
Lawrentians can enjoy careers in
Mental health, law, medicine, social work, research, economics, finance, campaign managing, counseling, psychology, consulting, education (secondary and higher education), research administration,
Recent employers include
Thrivent Financial, Behavioral Dimensions, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Medtronic, Pima County District Attorney’s Office, Compass Health Center, The Daily Press, Regional Parkinson’s Center, AmeriCorps
Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in
Psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, business/management (MBA), English, philosophy, nursing, medicine, social work
Recent schools include
Yale, University of Wisconsin, Marquette, University of Chicago, Iowa, Ohio State, Northwestern, Washington University.
Psychology –One of our most popular majors, in psychology you will learn to think like a researcher, generate hypotheses, conduct original research and analyze and interpret data. Recent graduates enjoy careers in: mental health, law, medicine, social work, research, economics, finance, campaign managing, counseling, psychology, consulting, education (secondary and higher education), research administration.
Learn to think like a researcher
Our psychology major progresses from a broad overview in year one, followed by a rigorous two-term research methods sequence along with intermediate and advanced courses, culminating in your Senior Experience project. You’ll learn to think like a researcher, generate hypotheses, conduct original research, and analyze and interpret data.
Collaborate early and often with your professors
In your Research Methods class, you will engage in original empirical projects, closely mentored by your professors, building skills for later work in independent studies and your Senior Experience. Faculty-student collaborations regularly lead to poster presentations at regional/national conferences and peer-reviewed publications with student co-authors.
Access extensive on-campus laboratory facilities
In neuroscience, child development, acoustical analysis, animal and human learning, social, personality, and clinical psychology.
Get clinical training
After taking a course on psychopathology, you can take a course with a laboratory focused on clinical assessment and treatment (child or adult), after which you may earn further credit through a field course or internship working with youth or adults in a community mental health setting. These opportunities help prepare you for applied work in mental health fields and for graduate school in clinical psychology.
Components of the Major
Principles of Psychology
Research Methods I and II
Two courses from the following areas: psychopathology; developmental psychopathology; developmental psychology; health psychology; social psychology
Two courses from the following areas: cognitive psychology; learning & conditioning; psychopharmacology; brain and behavior; perception
Elementary Statistics or Introduction to Probability and Statistics
One psychology course with a diversity focus
One lab course in psychology
At least one advanced psychology course requiring a literature review
Senior capstone course
The Chandler Senior Experience
The centerpiece of the capstone experience is an original senior project—your Senior Experience—allowing you to pursue your own interests in-depth, encouraging autonomy and creativity. In consultation with the faculty mentor, you will choose one of the following types of papers: a critical review of past theory and research, an original empirical study report, a theory development paper, or a paper that integrates your own applied work (e.g., in an internship) with its wider scholarly contexts.
To prepare for your Senior Experience, you will take a senior capstone course where you and your classmates will meet in small independent seminar sections supervised by a faculty mentor. You’ll meet to discuss common readings, provide constructive criticism of each other’s work, and present work in progress to your peers.
Recent Senior Experiences include:
Justice For All: Depression and Suicide in Wrongfully Convicted African American Males
Motivating the Unmotivated: Transformational Leadership Style in the Services Industry and Employees’ Job Performance
Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Treat Sexual Deviancy and Reduce Recidivism in Adult Male Sex Offenders
Cognitive and Affective Empathy in Autism: Problems and Interventions
Choosing to Wake Up on the “Right Side:” Purposeful Appreciation, Sense of Control and Subjective Well-Being
Get to know current Lawrence students
If you would like to talk directly to a current student about their experiences, we have international student interns available to talk or keep in touch over social media. Read about our students below and contact us with your questions or to find a time to talk with them.
Studying Government, East Asian Studies, History
Involved in: President of Chinese Students Association (CSA); Mentor of International Student Services (ISS); Assistant in LU Government (GOVT) Department; Assistant in Innovation-Entrepreneurship (I-E) Department; Secretary of Food Recovery Network (FRN); Involved in Build Inter-generation Relations (BIR) volunteering activities
Ask me about: Social sciences or humanities, or study abroad in London!
College search advice: Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) or LU YouTube Channel would be your good friend! Also, please talk to us, the enthusiastic and friendly group of current students in the International Admission who will love to share Lawrence stories with you!
Involved in: Community Advisor
Favorite spot to study: My signature spot in the library! It is a single desk on the second floor, by the window, and behind all bookshelves. I love this spot since it is perfect for me: quiet, peaceful, light, and it has a stunning view to the main grass-land during the fall!
College search advice: I highly recommend following Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) since it is usually updated about life and events on campus and has interactive Q&A sessions for prospective students.
Studying Economics, Psychology
Involved in: Lawrence International, JCEC - Japanese Culture Exchange Club.
Favorite Spot on Campus: The green in front of Main Hall is absolutely the best place to wind down and relax. You can set up a hammock and read a book under the shade or take a nap. I personally prefer the latter.
Ask me about: The best routes for running or anything about snowboarding.
College search advice: LU instagram page (@lawrenceuni) has "Student Take over" stories that would definitely help you get to know the college better from a student's viewpoint.
Studying Psychology, English and Educational Studies
Involved in: News writer in The Lawrentians Student Newspaper, VITAL Tutoring program, Lawrence International, and the Chinese Student Association (CSA). I'm also interested in Psychology, lifting, badminton, and deep thoughts!
Ask me about: I always enjoy playing basketball in the morning and start off my morning with a tasty sausage-egg-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of raspberry ice tea (at the Cafe)!
College search advice: Start the application early so you will have enough time to struggle through things such as Recommendation Letters and Essays. Remember to consider your choice in terms of financial aid, school size, surrounding area, school culture, specific programs, etc.