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.
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.