The psychology major at W&L emphasizes the scientific aspect of psychology. This means that in addition to the various content courses, students are encouraged to understand and "do" psychology by becoming involved in research. Many courses require students to design and run their own experiments, and students are encouraged to work with faculty members on their research, both during the school year and in the summer. This makes the program at W&L different from many larger schools, where research is only done by graduate students.
All psychology majors will write a research proposal for a senior thesis, and those taking the B.S. degree will actually collect and analyze data for their thesis. The opportunity to investigate psychological questions in the laboratory is a particular strength of the W&L program.
-- Dr. Robert Stewart, Department Head
Friday, January 29, 2016
Biological Anthropologist Helen Fisher to Give Questioning Passion Lecture
Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, author and professor, will lecture on Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. Her lecture is part of Washington and Lee University's year-long Questioning Passion series.
Monday, January 18, 2016
David G. Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology Awarded to Emma Swabb '16
Emma Swabb, a Washington and Lee University senior from Erie, Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 2015 David G. Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
W&L Psychology Professor Julie Woodzicka to Lecture on Disparagement Humor in her Inaugural Urquhart '11 Term Professorship
Julie Woodzicka, professor of psychology at Washington and Lee University, will give her inaugural lecture marking her appointment as the Abigail Grigsby Urquhart '11 Term Professor on Jan. 15, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.