Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Although psychology is a relatively new science (The first psychology laboratory was established in 1879 at the University of Leipzig, Germany), the College has had a psychology laboratory since the beginning in 1893. In fact, the College’s psychology laboratory was the first at a college or university in the South. This tradition of a laboratorybased education continues in the current academic program.
The Department offers study in a broad range of the fields of psychology, including courses in social, developmental, environmental, cognitive, health, and evolutionary psychology. The emphasis within these areas is to prepare the student to evaluate critically evidence about behavior and mental processes with a strong emphasis on research design and interpretation of data. The knowledge and skills acquired in this liberal arts program enable students to pursue a career in related areas or to continue their education at the graduate level.