"The best part about studying ethics and morality within my religious studies major is that it directly relates to psychology. Being able to draw connections between classes is one of the great advantages of my liberal arts education."Learn more about Sarah
Investigate the causes of autism in children. Study social cues among capuchin monkeys. Or learn about positive psychology alongside inmates at a women’s prison.
By studying psychology at Bucknell, you’ll gain real-world experience in the field and in the lab and challenge you to learn why people and other animals do what they do, and feel what they feel.
Bucknell's psychology program emphasizes research and collaboration between faculty and students. You'll get a broad education in traditional areas of psychological experimentation and theory, along with opportunities for more advanced studies of topics that appeal to you.
A significant number of psychology majors become psychologists, delivering clinical services or teaching and doing research at other colleges and universities. However, the careers entered by former majors are extremely varied, ranging from human resources specialists to legal consultants.
Psychology majors learn critical thinking, scientific reasoning, writing and quantitative analysis.
Students grow to understand and conduct studies of the mind and behavior of a variety of species from multiple theoretical and practical perspectives.
Students enrolled in developmental psychology courses gain hands-on experience and can conduct research with children aged six weeks to six years at the on-site Sunflower Child Care Center.
Abnormal psychology courses allow students to interact informally with patients at Danville State Psychiatric Hospital. Some students conduct research at the hospital. This experience increases understanding of psychiatric illness and the sometimes fuzzy boundary between normal and abnormal behaviors.
The animal lab facility supports student research in animal behavior. Students can conduct projects using honeybees, and several species of primates, including Hamadryas baboons, macaques and capuchins. Research also is conducted using golden hamsters and rats.
We also offer a full-time, two-year program in general-experimental psychology that leads to a Master in Science degree. Our program is small and selective; we accept 2-3 students per year.
"Some of the primate species housed at Bucknell haven’t been studied much when it comes to cognitive abilities. It’s a great chance to determine if these different species approach tasks differently so we can better understand primate cognitive evolution."Learn More about Professor Gazes
"Our students are co-authors on papers published in leading scientific journals. They help with all aspects of the psychological and behavioral testing, data collection and analysis. They gain experience that will serve them well long after they leave Bucknell."More about Professor Evans
Psychology students often choose to spend a summer, semester or year abroad. Recently, students in the program have studied in: South Africa, Barbados, and Prague.
Additionally, Professor Bill Flack is co-director of Bucknell in Northern Ireland, a three-and-ahalf week program for students interested in studying social conflict and peace-building.
Bucknell students can collaborate with faculty on research within many areas of psychology, including those of animal behavior, development, developmental or adult psychopathology, human cognition, learning, neuroscience, personality, sensation and perception and social psychology.
Psychology students can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have been interns at Brown Brothers Harriman, KidTherapy, and The National Ability Center.
In addition, students enrolled in developmental psychology courses gain hands-on experience and can conduct research with children aged six weeks to six years at the on-site Sunflower Child Care Center.
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