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.

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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Student Information

DEI Initiatives in Psychology

The Psychology department is committed to making diversity, equity, and inclusion an on-going, everpresent part of our work. As a Department, we stand against racism and white supremacy. As part of this ongoing commitment, we share resources from our own teaching and research pertaining to these issues and selected resources from the psychological community. You can view these under the Resources link below. We are holding regular conversations on these topics throughout the academic year. You can also view the schedule of past and upcoming events below under the Resources link. Members of the F&M community are welcome to join us at our next meeting; please contact Nicole Fickes for the Zoom details.


Employment Opportunities

Open Positions; Visiting Assistant Professor Psychology


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Research Opportunities

Research in Psychology

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.


Psychology News and Events

Story 5/13/2023

Honorary Degree Citation for Kathleen E. Harring, Ph.D., '80...

Kathleen Harring, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Franklin & Marshall in 1980, began her tenure as the president of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., in 2020 after serving as...

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Story 5/3/2023

Reddit’s Matt Klein ’15 Tracks Complex Culture Trends

Meet F&M alum Matt Klein '15, head of global foresight at Reddit. Klein shares his path from F&M to the "Front Page of the Internet." 

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Story 5/1/2023

Senior Spotlight: Ruoyu Cao

Ruoyu Cao shares why she chose to attend F&M and what's next in her post-graduate journey. 

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