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- 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.