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Psychology

Your lab work will begin with your first course, and the hands-on approach to study will give you an early grounding in the scientific method. You will find many opportunities for research and fieldwork, for instance during a semester at the New England Center for Children, a school for children with autism.

Corinne Smith presents her research during a poster session on campus.
Corinne Smith  presents her research during a poster session on campus.

Academics and activism inspire dual interests

Working on the issue of sexual-assault prevention has been an integral part of the academic experience for Hamilton College psychology major Corinne Smith ’17. She chairs a campus sexual assault and prevention group and was a leader of the Yes Means Yes sex-positive, sexual-assault prevention discussion group. Collaborating with Counseling Center Director David Walden, Smith spent a summer researching sexual-assault prevention and education on campus, work funded by the Levitt Center. Their report recommends that the College offer comprehensive sexual education and add programs that address “peer to peer culture,” for instance alcohol education, bystander intervention training and sex-positive discussions. She’s confident the College will support such programs. In her assessment, Hamilton has a good track record in its anti-sexual assault efforts.

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Sabrina Yurkofsky '15

Communication, psychology and an alumna’s path to the TV industry

As a Hamilton College student Sabrina Yurkofsky ’15 wanted to pursue a career in the television industry, and she majored in two subjects she thought would help her get there: communication and psychology. With help from the College Career Center, she did internships related to the field. And she received a prestigious Hamilton fellowship that allowed her to spend her senior year doing a research project to evaluate sexism on television and its effects on viewers. The work combined both disciplines. (Note: communication is now offered only as a minor at Hamilton.)

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