Majoring in psychology opens the door to a world of possibilities. The psychology department has courses representing the breadth of the field, with topics that range from the examination of the behavior of groups of people to discussion of the functioning of neurons in the brain. In their coursework, Psychology majors collect and analyze data and learn to communicate the observed trends. Many also engage in unique projects with individual professors.
About the Major
Students in psychology study a broad range of topics, from the social and intellectual development of the person to the prevention and treatment of psychological disorders, from operant and Pavlovian analyses of behavior to models of human thought processes, from the analysis of brain circuits to the mechanisms of long-term memory, from the behaviors of persons in isolation to group behavior in organizations, from the biological bases of visual perception to the therapeutic means of treating people with schizophrenia.
Psychology majors are required to complete courses that span the breadth of the field, but they are also given freedom to choose from a number of courses to fulfill those requirements. Many students combine their psychology major or minor with a major in another field.
Independent research is a central element of The OWU Connection. Students have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty to pursue their research interests and to create new knowledge. Some students may contribute to ongoing research investigations in a faculty member’s lab; others design an investigation of a research question of their own interest. These collaborations may last more than one semester, and students with very strong projects may present their results at professional conferences.
OWU faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers—and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique I³ lectures.
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If you want to gain real-world experience, we offer a large number of apprenticeship opportunities. You can spend 120-150 hours per semester working in a job relevant to your interests in psychology. Recent student placements have included: Delaware Speech and Hearing Center, Delaware City Schools, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Maryhaven Delaware, and Helpline, Inc.
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