Majoring in psychology opens the door to a world of possibilities, and OWU psychology alumni are doing vital work in many fields across the country. Psychology majors collect and analyze data and learn to communicate the observed trends. Many also engage in unique projects with professors.
About the Major
Ohio Wesleyan's Psychology program is highly regarded for excellent teaching and research opportunities for students. In fact, College Factual in 2019 ranked OWU's Psychology program in the top 11% of all colleges and universities in America as a "Best Value for the Money" program.
As a Psychology major at OWU, you'll 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.
You will complete courses that span the breadth of the field, but you'll also have the 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 and is an important part of psychology studies at OWU.
You can work one-on-one with faculty to contribute to ongoing research investigations in a faculty member’s lab, or you can design an investigation of a research question of your own interest. These collaborations may last more than one semester, and students with very strong projects may present their results at professional conferences.
You will have many opportunities to expand your classroom learning by immersing yourself in another culture, from Travel-Learning Courses with 7-14-day travel components to semester-abroad programs.
Psychology majors take advantage of travel programs across the university.
Ohio Wesleyan students gain valuable real-world experience through internships in governmental agencies, private sector business and legal firms, nonprofit advocacy organizations, medical & scientific research facilities, media outlets, think tanks, and more.
The Career Connection office can help connect you with internship opportunities and career support.
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.
Early Childhood Center
If you’re interested in developmental psychology, you can gain experience in OWU’s Early Childhood Center, a preschool run jointly by the psychology and education departments. The school enrolls more than 100 children and serves as a laboratory and observation center. It’s the ultimate on-campus theory-to-practice learning.
If you want to gain real-world experience, we offer a large number of internship 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.
Ohio Wesleyan’s unique 10-week Summer Science Research Program offers students the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research side by side with faculty mentors. Students and faculty are fully engaged partners in research projects that are ideal preparation for graduate studies.