Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 321
Lee Olson, Department Coordinator
The Psychology Department is housed in the Olin-Rice Science Center. The Department features over 10,800 square feet devoted to classrooms, laboratories, and offices. Classrooms are all equipped with LCD projectors. A focal point of the Department is a dedicated computer laboratory/classroom, employed for instruction in statistical methods and other computer-intensive courses. Separate laboratories for research in cognitive, clinical, developmental, perception and social psychology are each equipped with computer workstations and specialized equipment, including video monitoring and stimulus presentation equipment. The Science Center also houses a state-of-the-art animal facility which supports the Department’s learning/behavior analysis and neuroscience courses, student projects, and research.
Psychology Majors and Minors
The Psychology Department supports approximately 80 majors and 15 minors. Our majors and minors have a wide range of academic and personal interests, and they double major or minor in disciplines such as American Studies, Art, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and Sociology. A number of our students participate in athletics, choir and theater, and various student organizations. Our students also volunteer and intern in area schools, hospitals, and clinics.
In addition to the facilities described here, each faculty member in the Department has his or her own dedicated laboratory space.
We strive to create a welcoming “home” for students, and we encourage you to get involved in the life of the Department. There are many opportunities to get to know faculty, staff, and other students outside of the classroom, and we hope you’ll take advantage of as many as possible.
Since 1988, the Psychology Department invites a distinguished psychologist to deliver the annual Johnson Lecture, named in memory of former faculty member Ray Johnson.
The Psychology Major advances students’ understanding of the scientific study of behavior and experience in humans and other animals. Through classroom activities, as well as continual and incremental immersion in hands-on research, the curriculum a) introduces students to the methods of investigation, conceptual analysis, and application most characteristic of a wide range of subdisciplines in psychology; b) develops students’ mastery of the specific theories and methodologies in one or more subdisciplines; and c) cultivates an appreciation for the context of psychological science by examining its cultural, social, and/or political dimensions. In this way, the psychology major prepares students for successful graduate education in the behavioral sciences and promotes the skills and knowledge necessary for students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators, and lifelong learners.