Research is a constant in the life of a psychology major, but it can come in many forms: regular coursework, independent study, the senior project, the Senior Fellowship Program or collaborative summer research with a faculty member. Students and faculty members often co-author papers that are presented at national conferences and published in leading scholarly journals. Such opportunities are available only to graduate students at many other colleges and universities.
Majors interested in applied psychology or the education of students with special needs can spend a semester at the Boston-area New England Center for Children. Here students have the opportunity to work with children with autism under expert supervision. The facility also offers courses in applied behavior analysis. Majors who primary interest is in clinical psychology can choose practical or field placements at local mental health facilities such as the Utica-Marcy Psychiatric Center.