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From your first course, you will use the scientific method to pursue questions about human nature. Our coursework spans the broad scope of psychology, including neuroscience, cognitive, affective, social, developmental and clinical topics. The concentration provides a firm grounding in research methodology and statistics. You’ll find many opportunities for research and fieldwork with faculty — perhaps in our program at the New England Center for Children, a treatment facility for children and adolescents with autism.

About the Major

Students build a body of knowledge about the forces and influences great and small that shape mind, brain and behavior. In addition, through laboratory work and field studies they learn the scientific method, perhaps the most important means we have of acquiring knowledge. Hamilton psychology grads have gone on to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas, to teach, and to work in a variety of clinical and professional fields.

I can’t talk about this major without acknowledging that Hamilton boasts an incredible group of psychology faculty members. Not only are they highly accomplished, but they are also some of the warmest, most encouraging people I’ve had the privilege of learning from.

Hannah Schacter ’12 — Psychology major

Hamilton's psychology program reflects the strengths of a versatile, highly regarded faculty with wide research interests and a deep commitment to teaching. The curriculum includes major branches of contemporary psychology: clinical, cognitive, educational, developmental, personality, physiological, sensory and social psychology. The program's range and appeal make the major one of the most popular at Hamilton.

Careers After Hamilton

  • Senior Financial Analyst, IBM
  • Clinical Social Worker, Washington, D.C. Department of Mental Health
  • Product Quality Analyst, Google
  • School Psychologist, Dundee Central School
  • Neuroscientist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Chief Architect, Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook
  • Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Assistant Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service
  • Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Senior Deputy General Counsel, San Francisco Unified School District

Contact Information


Psychology Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4367 315-859-4807 psychology@hamilton.edu Psychology Website

Meet Our Faculty

A Sampling of Courses

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The Self in Social Psychology 311F


Theoretical and methodological understanding of the study of the self in social psychology. Topics include organization of self-concept and its effect on information processing; self-awareness; self-esteem maintenance processes; cultural influences; stigmas; and self-regulation. Class time devoted to discussion of research articles. Laboratory component involves conducting two research projects. Data collection, statistical analysis, papers based on findings, oral and poster presentations. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. Writing-intensive. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning. Oral Presentations.

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Child Development 351


An introduction to the science of child behavior and the principles of child growth and development from conception to early adulthood. Focuses on integrating the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains of development. Includes an experiential component whereby students will work with children or adolescents in an applied setting (e.g., child care center or school). Oral Presentations.

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Psychopharmacology 352S


A study of the effects of drugs on animal and human behavior. Topics include neuropharmacology, antipsychotics, analgesics, stimulants, hallucinogens, antidepressants, alcoholism, addiction, effects of drugs on society, and the implications of drug effects for neurochemical theories of behavior. Oral Presentations.

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Human Memory 357S


An examination of theoretical and empirical research on the creation and structure of memories. Consideration of both theoretical and applied topics within the memory literature, including autobiographical memories, unconscious memories, factors contributing to forgetting, the organization of memories, eyewitness memory, and false memories. Oral Presentations.

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