The psychology major at Franklin & Marshall is widely recognized for its academic excellence and strong focus on empirical research.
Since psychologists study mind and behavior in humans and non-human animals, we provide meaningful research involvement for students beginning in the freshman year.
The Psychology department also offers majors through two interdisciplinary programs:
Biological Foundations of Behavior, sponsored and jointly staffed by the Biology and Psychology departments.
Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind, sponsored and jointly staffed by the Philosophy and Psychology departments
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.
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.
Psi Chi, the student-run national honor society in Psychology, sponsors several activities throughout the year.