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Each month, we feature one of our 49 majors. Learn about Psychology at Penn State and what our alumni are doing with their degrees

The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts seeks to offer students a transformative educational experience that combines core liberal arts values—communication, analytic thinking, ethical decision-making, and appreciation for other cultures and other times—with internships, research opportunities, and global experiences that allow students to apply their skills in real-world contexts and grow personally and professionally. That educational experience also includes providing students opportunities to learn from, and work with, the leading liberal arts scholars within their respective disciplines; and connecting students with the vast network of college and University alumni who can serve as mentors and otherwise assist students as they begin building their professional networks.

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We are offering on-campus visits on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Please note, these visits do not include a campus tour. For those who are not able to visit Penn State University Park in person, please register for a virtual meeting, which will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Our on-campus and virtual appointments give students and families a better understanding of our programs and the resources and opportunities available to Liberal Arts students. Use the buttons below to schedule an appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact Recruitment Manager Chantel Harley at 814-865-7141 or .

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Department of Psychology

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Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Program Spotlight

The Department of Psychology is home to the Psychology major and minor, graduate programs, and dozens of research labs and centers.

Psychology Major

Psychology Major

Program Spotlight

Many people associate psychology with psychological therapy and the practice of clinical psychology. There are actually many other important areas of scientific psychology, such as cognitive, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology.

Emma Jane Rose

Emma Jane Rose

Faculty Spotlight

Emma Jane Rose is the director of the Research on Adversity and Risk (ROAR) Lab in the Child Study Center at Penn State. Her primary research focus is on using a translational neuroscience approach to delineate changes in brain structure and function associated with suboptimal developmental trajectories and leveraging that knowledge to help prevent high-risk outcomes for children, families, and their communities.

The Cognition, Affect, and Temperament Lab

The Cognition, Affect, and Temperament Lab

Program Spotlight

The Cognition, Affect, and Temperament Lab's research focuses on the ways in which emotion and attention interact to shape how individuals navigate through their social world. Current projects focus on parent-to-child anxiety transmission, healthy brain and child development, emotion regulation, friendship, and more.

Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab

Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab

Program Spotlight

The Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab examines the effects of aging on episodic memory using both behavioral and neuroimaging methods. An emphasis is placed on understanding the cognitive and neural processes underlying false memories and associative memories.

Carter Gangl

Carter Gangl

Student Spotlight

Carter is a fourth-year student majoring in Psychology with minors in Women's Studies and Sexuality and Gender Studies. They are a research assistant in the Underrepresented Perspectives Lab, which is focused on underrepresented individuals who are often left out of psychological research. Carter examines how sexuality, stigma, and race intersect and influence different experiences and the ways that individuals navigate situations and interactions.

Liberal Arts by the numbers
  • Number 5 in Developmental Psychology
  • Number 5 in Criminology
  • Number 11 in International Economics
  • Number 17 in Sociology
  • Number 18 nationally among "Top Public Schools" by U.S. News
  • 5 out of 5 stars for overall campus climate in the 2019 Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index

 

Majors and Minors

Full List of Majors and Minors

Social Sciences

The social sciences examine the relationships between individuals and societies, as well as the development and operation of societies. The critical thinking, research, and analytical skills gained in a social science major help prepare graduates for diverse job titles, including economist, psychologist, political scientist, and historian, postsecondary teachers, museum curators, and social workers.

Languages

Intercultural communication, critical thinking and reasoning, cultural adaptability, information and trend analysis, and the other skills that drive the global economy, are in high demand today. Language graduates find jobs in tourism, international development, marketing, policy making, journalism, government, and more.

Humanities

Students in the humanities study how people process and document the human experience. Most majors in the humanities build widely transferable skills that employers appreciate and go on to be writers, counselors, event organizers, social media managers, fundraisers, travel bloggers, and more.

Interested in business?

Consider Communication Arts and Sciences, Economics, Global and International Studies, International Politics, Political Science, Psychology (Business Option), or any of the languages above.

Interested in computers or cyber security?

Consider Social Data Analytics.

Interested in health and medicine?

Consider Anthropological Sciences (Biological Anthropology Option), Communication Arts and Sciences, Psychology (Life Sciences Option or Neuroscience Option), Women's Studies, or even English! Being a liberal arts major helped recent graduate John Miller develop a greater worldly perspective, improve his communication skills, and see how people experience life in different ways—traits that have benefitted the Paterno Fellow on his unique path to medical school. Read his story.

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