Unlock secrets of the mind!

The psychology major at Franklin & Marshall is widely recognized for its academic excellence and strong focus on empirical research.

Our majors benefit from outstanding facilities and resources, including specialized laboratories. Students are guided on an individual basis by highly acclaimed faculty who are active scholars committed to undergraduate education.

The new Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building provides students access to sophisticated resources enabling investigation in primate behavior, artificial intelligence, the development of communication and language in infants, perceptual problems in night driving and the nature of interpersonal relationships.


A Psychology Major

The Psychology Major at Franklin and Marshall provides not just theoretical guidance in the field but also hands-on research and experience with state-of-the-art equipment and traditional experiments, from virtual reality experiments to skinner box testing of lab rats, the major prepares a student in a truly liberal arts fashion.

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Psychology Faculty

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Interdisciplinary Programs 

The Psychology department also offers majors through two interdisciplinary programs: 

Biological Foundations of Behavior

The  Biological Foundations of Behavior major is also offered in the Psychology department. It is an interdisciplinary program sponsored and jointly staffed by the Biology and Psychology departments.

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Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind

The Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind major is also offered in the Psychology department. It is an interdisciplinary program that combines Philosophy and Psychology, sponsored and jointly staffed by the two departments. 

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Information for Incoming Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you an incoming student interested in psychology? Or are you wondering about your AP or IB credits in science? Find answers to all such questions on this page.

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Psychology Honor Society

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests. 

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Research Opportunities

Many students take advantage of opportunities to present their research findings in professional journals and at conferences such as the Association for Psychological Science, the Cognitive Science Society and the Society for Neuroscience.

Students engage in collaborative work and develop close relationships with faculty. They also enjoy many opportunities to interact informally with other students and faculty, including colloquia and department-sponsored events such as picnics, ballgames, and the annual Homecoming Tailgating Party with alumni.


Research in Psychology

The Psychology department here at Franklin and Marshall College provides a diverse selection of research topics. We have categorized our topics into four categories but many topics overlap the categories because the world is extremely complex! Researchers in the department have provided their main research questions to spark interest in their work. 

Psychology News and Events

Story 4/25/2016

Senior Spotlight: Finding Passion in Film's Storytelling...

Dominic Akena: "I certainly liked my classes, but I honestly enjoyed going to my professors' offices for assistance or just to have regular conversations that had nothing to do with academic...

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Story 2/16/2016

Searching for the Cause of AIDS Through Chimpanzee SIV

In Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park, a researcher from Franklin & Marshall College is observing the health of chimpanzees with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the virus that led to the AIDS...

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Story 2/9/2016

DAX Center Offers Research Opportunities in Developmental...

The Developmental and Experience Center, or DAX Center, launched this semester, bringing under one umbrella three labs exploring different foundational aspects of development: morality, social...

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