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Undergraduate Program in Psychology

The psychology department offers serveral academic and research opportunities for students. These include a bachelor of arts (BA) major, bachelor of science (BS) major, and a minor. Students planning to pursue a career in which a background in psychology is useful, such as business, communications, or social services, will find the BA degree to be an appropriate track. Students interested in pursuing professional or research careers in psychology are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor for advice on whether the BA or BS degree is most appropriate to meet their long-term goals.

Advising

Undergraduate advising offices are located on the fifth floor of Huntington Hall. Staff are available to assist with routine advising matters, including information about the psychology curriculum, how to declare a psychology major and help with adding or dropping classes. The main advising office phone number is (315) 443-4187.

Meet the Psychology Department Undergraduate Team!:

The Advising Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 4:30 pm

Reasons to drop-in include:

  • Review degree progress
  • Pre-registration/course selection questions
  • Discuss Major curriculum
  • Obtain signature on minor applications
  • Drop off signed BS Sponsor forms

If it becomes evident that you have more extensive questions or issues than you realized, you may be asked to schedule an appointment.

Most graduate school and internship/career questions are best addressed during a scheduled appointment.

Interested in working in a lab?

Undergraduates in the psychology department who plan to go into careers that involve research can undertake additional responsibilities in the laboratories of faculty members. Research is a major part of our activities in areas such as clinical research, alcohol abuse, educational research, social psychology, cognitive psychology, computational modelling and neuroscience. This work typically involves working directly with subjects who come from either the student body, or the local community.

The department encourages research involvement through the Allport project, the Bachelor of Science degree, and the ability to earn course credits in exchange for hours spent performing research in a lab. If you are interested in participating in a research project, you will need to find a faculty member mentor who is willing to take you into their lab and train you in performing research. At the start of each semester, a research night will be held in which faculty members present their available research opportunities. Contact Jessica Shea at jmshea@syr.edu to find out when the next research night event will be held.