In the classroom and in the lab, become a critical consumer and producer of knowledge of human behavior.
Our Psychological Science major and minor develop a broad background in psychological science, the theoretical frameworks used to study human behavior, empirical research and lab experience, and the sociocultural contexts of human behavior.
As a major, you’ll:
- receive a broad introduction to the methods and perspectives of psychology
- learn about research design and statistical methods
- take laboratory courses
- complete a cultural, ethnicity and psychology requirement
- take three electives
- complete a senior seminar and thesis
Research is the key to this major. All seniors complete an empirical research investigation, and all of our faculty members have active research labs.
What You'll Study
- Psychological approaches of the study of people
- Research design and methodology
- Culture, ethnicity and psychology
- Laboratory courses
- Application of psychology to real-world problems
Researching at Pomona
The Maternal Touch
Mirenna Scott '20 is investigating how maternal touch behaviors may predict a child's physiologic response to environmental stressors.
New Treatment Programs
Janelle Herring '21 is currently researching the effectiveness of a new treatment program designed to make clinicians more prepared to treat borderline personality disorder.
I have taken advantage of the research labs available in the Psychological Science Department. I currently am a member of two different labs, and I have contributed to research on monogamy, health behavior messages, stigma and child development, amongst other topics. Conducting research allows me to explore my interests, while contributing to the knowledge base of psychological science.
Faculty & Teaching
Our psychological science professors believe that firsthand experience in planning, performing and interpreting research is the best teacher of critical thinking in the field of psychology. Consequently, many psychological science courses have an associated laboratory and every faculty member has an active research lab.
Our curriculum is designed to engage our students in investigations of human behavior, cognition and affect throughout the major, culminating in an original, empirical senior thesis. We emphasize an integrative approach to scientific psychology, incorporating the confluence of multiple perspectives from brain to culture to computing, to address individual and social experience. Students develop skills in statistics, measurement, technical writing and programming.