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Explore psychology as a natural and social science

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Integrate education, training, and research

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Consider real-world applications of psychology

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in psychology as a social science or natural science.

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Graduate Studies

We offer three graduate training programs that lead to a PhD.

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Our department’s research coalesces in four signature areas.

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Professors Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan

Research Spotlight

The Value of Intrinsic Motivation

Good grades, rewards, reviews, people’s opinions—all of us are motivated by various external factors. But we are also motivated from within by interests, curiosity, and personal values. The interplay between these factors and the needs of human nature is the basis of the groundbreaking work of psychologists and professors Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan.

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clusters in psychology

Our psychology clusters satisfy the divisional requirement in social sciences.


We maintain strong ties with biological and social disciplines across the University, including ones in the Medical Center, Mt. Hope Family Center, Warner School of Education, and Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

Why PSY?

Our students study psychology as both a natural science and social science. Because of our program’s breadth and depth, they are able to tailor their education for postgraduate studies and careers in psychology, medicine, social work, law, education, and more.

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