Psychology Major

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About the Major

SUNY Oneonta’s Psychology program will provide a theoretical and practical background in psychology designed to prepare you for graduate school and a wide range of careers.

Curriculum

Approximately one-third of psychology graduates pursue graduate studies in psychology and related fields.

Special opportunities include teaching assistantships, off-campus internships and independent study projects, working closely with a faculty member in small groups. Recent research projects have been conducted in the areas of perception, verbal learning, implicit memory, early memory, visual imagery, communication, social psychology, perceptual styles, anxiety disorders, psychoneuroendocrinology, social cognition, stereotype and prejudice, adult development and aging, personality and aggression, gender cognitions, parenting and parent-child relations, health promotion, and behavior change.

Course Topics Include

Below are some of the courses available to Psychology majors. View the full list of Psychology courses.

  • Research Methods
  • Lifespan Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Neuroscience
  • Evolution and Behavior
  • Primate Behavior
  • Psychology of Memory

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Contact

Psychology Department
161 Fitzelle Hall
607-436-3223

Department Website

Psi Chi Honor Society

Psychology Club

 

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Research Projects and Internships

Recent research projects have been conducted in the areas of perception, verbal learning, implicit memory, early memory, visual imagery, communication, social psychology, perceptual styles, anxiety disorders, psychoneuroendocrinology, social cognition, stereotype and prejudice, adult development and aging, personality and aggression, gender cognitions, parenting and parent-child relations, health promotion, and behavior change.

Many Psychology majors get hands-on supervised learning experiences in a professional setting through internships at local community-based health and social services agencies. These internships not only provide an opportunity to gain genuine work experience but also can help you evaluate your career options.

SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Psychology has developed links with many health and social service organizations in Otsego County, and these organizations host interns every semester.

Erika Scire
Students
Psychology is the study of people, and I just find that so interesting. You get to learn about people from all different aspects and learn about brain development and how they think. When people think of psychology, they think of a person lying on a bed talking about their problems. But it's so much more than that, and it's so interesting to see in everyday life. I'm interning right now in the Office of Student Success, and my research focus is freshman involvement and how to get freshmen involved, and it all comes back to psychology.

Student Clubs

Two student organizations, the Psychology Club and the Psi Chi national honor society for psychology, arrange visits to educational and professional institutions, conduct workshops and panels, bring in speakers and organize trips to regional or national conferences, where students pursuing independent study research projects have presented posters and papers.

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