The Psychology Department’s mission is to teach psychology as a research science in the context of a liberal arts education through a comprehensive curriculum and innovative pedagogy. Our curriculum provides a grounding in all the main core areas of the discipline, but also allows opportunities for students to do independent research and to study specialized, interdisciplinary and applied topics.

Because the total number of credits required to complete the major is limited, students are also able to take advantage of the full range of liberal arts courses offered at Drew. Our pedagogy promotes a high quality education by emphasizing excellence in teaching, research methodology, experiential learning, mentoring, independent study and utilization of technology.

Learning Goals

If you graduate as a successful psychology major from Drew University, you can expect the following:

  • You will be familiar with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • You will understand and be able to apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • You will learn to respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • You will be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. This includes the development of insight into your own and others’ behavior and mental processes and application of effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  • You will be able to communicate effectively to a professional/scientific community.

A Note to Potential Majors or Minors

Psychology is an area of study to which most of us can relate. The discipline of psychology, however, is less well understood. You can discover the level of your interest in psychology as you engage in the process of choosing a major by taking both Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Psychological Inquiry early in your college career.

We pride ourselves on being attentive to students’ needs and genuinely interested in engaging our majors in all aspects of psychological inquiry. Feel free to make an appointment with one of us to discuss your questions about the field and/or major of psychology. Good luck in your decision process!

Cross-Discipline Programs

The Psychology Department recognizes the interrelated nature of knowledge about human nature and functioning. Students interested in human functioning should also consider the interdisciplinary programs of Neuroscience or Women’s and Gender Studies.



This class led to my research on factors that contribute to erroneous eyewitness testimony. Professor Dolan made learning the material as fun as possible, calling exams ‘celebrations of learning.’ ”
Nicole Donohue C’12
on Cognition

Recent Outcomes

Psychology majors are already getting to work and to grad school. Here is a sampling of where some of our graduates are right now:

• Early Intervention Associate, Bancroft
• Project Coordinator at DDB Health
• Pursuing MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Columbia University