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Hannah Bradshaw teaches psychology to both remote and in-person students October 26, 2020 in Old Main on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.

The Psychology major teaches students to employ scientific methods in laboratory and field settings to learn about behavior and the variables that affect it, in preparation for graduate programs, professional and medical schools, and/or careers in psychology or related fields. Psychologists study behavior from a wide range of perspectives that include social, clinical, physiological, developmental, organizational, and cognitive psychology. The Psychology Department offers a variety of experiences that facilitate our majors’ abilities to apply psychological content and skills to their career goals.

Students may personalize and focus their studies through an emphasis in Human Resources Management or Neuroscience. Learn more in the W&J College Catalog.

Additional Information & Resources for Psychology Students

Psychology Snapshot

Research and Internships
  • Independent study or honors projects
  • Presentation of capstone, independent study, or honors projects to the campus community at the end of term poster session
  • presentation of capstone, independent study, or honors projects at undergraduate conferences
  • Presentations at regional professional meetings
  • Off-campus summer research experiences

Psychology majors have completed internships in a variety of settings including: inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment centers (e.g.,  Southwood Psychiatric Hospital), drug and alcohol treatment facilities (e.g., Gateway Rehab. Center), human resource departments, prisons, schools, Child Protective Services, attorneys’ offices, medical facilities and research laboratories.

Careers After W&J

Psychology majors go on to successful careers in a wide variety of fields including:

  • mental health (e.g. therapist, school psychologist, clinical social worker)
  • legal professions (e.g. forensic psychologist)
  • medical professions (e.g. occupational therapist)
  • business (e.g. human resources, marketing)
  • education (e.g., teacher, professor)

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Psychology Faculty

Psychology News

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W&J professor named Virtual Series Issue Editor for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

May 10, 2021

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) Assistant Professor of Psychology Kevin Carriere, M.P.P., Ph.D. has recently been named the new Virtual Series Issue Editor for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for the next three years.

Rocco Cozza ’99 a finalist for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year

March 25, 2021

Pledging to raise awareness and funding for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Carnegie attorney Rocco Cozza of the Cozza Law Group, PLLC, has been chosen as a nominee to represent Pittsburgh in this year’s Man & Woman of the Year All-Star competition presented by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Psychology Events

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