Department Facts


  • The fully supported Senior Project, which demonstrates to employers and graduate schools the ability to conduct research and complete a major original assignment.
  • Faculty members who are deeply committed to teaching undergraduates.
  • A large selection of courses for a liberal arts college.
  • Early emphasis on hands-on laboratory work, plus superior undergraduate research facilities.
  • Opportunities for collaborative research, presentations, and publication of research findings with faculty.
  • Key departmental participant in interdisciplinary programs such as the neuroscience major, the women’s studies major and the values, ethics and social action (VESA) minor.

Key Benefits

  • Understanding of oneself and others—of human thought and behavior— from a solid foundation in the methods, findings, and concepts of psychology.
  • Excellent preparation for graduate study, as well as excellent focus for a liberal arts program with immediate employment in mind.
  • Ability to design and implement research studies.
  • Ability to synthesize information from different sub-areas of a field.
  • Understanding of psychology’s connections to other fields (neuroscience, philosophy, women’s studies, others).
  • Recognition of the ethical dimensions of psychological research and practice.
  • Ability to evaluate current trends in psychology.


  • “After working through the material we began to pinpoint some exciting conclusions, and I began to realize that, at this small college in Meadville, my professor and I were blazing new trails, staking out new territories in the realm of social science.” — Kay Campbell ’93, on her Senior Project
  • Since 1920, Allegheny has ranked in the top 3 percent of all private under-graduate colleges and universities in students going on to earn Ph.D.s in psychology.
  • About 80 percent of Allegheny psychology majors who apply to graduate and professional schools are accepted.