Why study Psychology?
In 2013, then president of the Association for Psychological Science, Dr. Joseph Steinmetz put it this way, and we really couldn’t say it any better ourselves:
“..our field captures the very basis of what it means to be human. Psychology in many ways is the ultimate liberal arts degree — our students are exposed to the social, behavioral, natural, physical, and computational sciences and, often, the humanities and the arts while earning their degrees; few other fields offer the breadth and exposure that our field does. And, psychology provides the basic so-called “soft” skills necessary to launch a variety of successful careers in law, medicine, business, and social work, just to mention a few."
-Joseph Steinmetz, Ph.D.
Graduates with a B.A. in Psychology will be able to:
- Read, understand, and critique the classic and contemporary research literature.
- Design, conduct, analyze, interpret, and successfully present scientific research.
- Speak and write effectively in the discourse of the discipline.
- Evaluate their own unique interests, abilities, career, and life goals.
The Psychology Major At-a-glance:
- Low number of required courses (32 credits) allows students to explore all that Castleton has to offer (double-major, sports, etc.)
- Four concentrations are offered for students who wish to specialize:
- Forensic Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Health Psychology
- All students complete an independent psychology research study
- Honors Program for students interested in pursuing advanced research under the close supervision of a faculty member.
- All Psychology courses must be completed at the 2.0 level or better.
“The most unique thing about the psychology department at Castleton is the faculty; it is hard to find a program with professors who are so willing to go above and beyond to help students… [T]he psych department became my home away from home. The psych department at Castleton is like a really big family with both teachers and students willing to help out!”
-Samantha McNeil, ‘15
Beyond the Classroom
Psychology majors will find many opportunities to connect the science of human behavior with helping others in our communities.
- Community Engagement courses
- Service Learning opportunities
- Internship & volunteer opportunities in the community
In addition to completing a research project as part of the major, students may complete additional independent studies, collaborate with faculty, and/or complete an honors thesis.
- Psychology students have presented their research at regional, national, and international academic conferences
- Psychology students regularly receive funding for research projects through the faculty-student research fund at Castleton.