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John F. Axelson, Ph.D., Professor
Daniel B. Bitran, Ph.D., Professor
Danuta Bukatko, Ph.D., Professor
Mark Freeman, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society and Chair
Andrew M. Futterman, Ph.D., Professor
Charles M. Locurto, Ph.D., Professor
Richard C. Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor
Amy R. Wolfson, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty
Gregory J. DiGirolamo, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Mark C. Hallahan, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Jumi Hayaki, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Suzanne R. Kirschner, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Patricia E. Kramer, Ph.D., Charles A. Dana Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor
Alison Bryant Ludden, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Charles S. Weiss, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Florencia K. Anggoro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Alo C. Basu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Stephenie R. Chaudoir, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Stephanie C. Penley, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor
Emily K. Schmidt, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental life. The discipline is broad, with different fields of study that range from conducting basic research in laboratory or field settings, to meeting the needs of individuals or groups in clinical settings, to addressing philosophical questions of the discipline. The department represents these various orientations, encouraging students to engage in the analysis of psychological phenomena from diverse perspectives.
Psychology majors must take a minimum of 10 courses in psychology. The first course taken by majors is Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 100). Introduction to Psychology or its equivalent is required for courses at the 200 level and beyond. Then, typically in their second year, students begin an in-depth examination of the process of psychological inquiry by taking a course in statistics (Statistics — Psychol­ogy 200) and a course in methodology (Research Methods in Psychology — Psychology 201). In the third year, students explore the historical and philosophical roots of psychology by taking History and Theory of Psychology (Psychology 205). Majors are also required to explore fundamental areas of the discipline by completing one course from each of the four following categories: Biological Psychology (Physiological Psychology, Evolution of Behavior, or Learning), Cognitive Psychology (Sensation and Perception, Cognition and Memory, Psychology of Language, or Cognitive