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Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor


Explore a fresh approach to psychology through exciting courses, which will prepare you for your future career.

Do you have an intense interest in the workings of the mind? Our unique program has been designed to give you an all-encompassing view of the field of psychology: From your first year here, you will study a wide variety of psychology topics, which will help you make a more informed choice when it comes to focusing your interests later. Our emphasis on research also sets our program apart: In your earliest semesters, you will apply what you learn in the classroom by conducting research in our state-of-the-art labs.

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Another highlight of our psychology program is its emphasis on career development. Throughout your studies, you will find numerous opportunities to enhance your marketability to graduate schools and future employers by developing your communication skills, networking with alumnae in the field, and completing valuable internships.

Whether you envision your career following a path that is therapeutic or research-based, animal- or human-related, earning your psychology degree here at Cedar Crest College will provide you with the expert instruction and hands-on research opportunities you need to succeed.

Graduates of our psychology programs have gone on to graduate programs at renowned institutions such as The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Widener University, and Marywood University.

The Cedar Crest College Advantage

Highly qualified faculty
Every faculty member in the psychology department holds a Ph.D. degree, and each has expertise in a different area of psychology. This means we can offer you many unique and diverse perspectives on the field.

Unique course offerings
We offer a number of courses that other colleges do not make available at the undergraduate level, such as Counseling Children, Women in the Workplace, Criminal Behavior and Profiling, Mind-Body Medicine, and Cross-Cultural Psychology.

State-of-the-art research facilities
Here, you will receive training in high-tech laboratories equipped with the latest computer software, observation rooms, and more. You will use these facilities to observe and document the behavior of humans and animals to various stimuli.

A strong liberal arts base
Our curriculum is designed to encourage students to pursue interdisciplinary studies in areas such as criminal justice, education, business, art and more. It also emphasizes the development of valuable skills such as communication and leadership.

Multiple presentation opportunities
Students have the opportunity to present their research to large audiences at psychology conferences the College attends each year.

Professional development
Our faculty and staff are available to help you find an internship, improve your resume, apply to graduate schools, connect to alumnae in the field, and anything else that will assist your overall career and educational goals.

Community service and outreach
Here, you may choose to participate in health and wellness related community service and women’s leadership activities through the Psychology Club and the Women’s Health Alliance. Students who excel academically may apply to join the Psi Chi National Honor Society and participate in their many outreach programs and on-campus activities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Psychology program mirrors the College’s mission statement and broad principles. The Psychology Major is designed to provide the knowledge and skills related to the scientific study of human and animal behavior, thoughts, and emotions. In keeping with Cedar Crest’s liberal arts tradition, the Psychology Major emphasizes developing students’ critical thinking ability, communication skills, awareness of ethical and global issues, and the development of their personal value systems. The Major requires rigorous academic engagement and scholarship and facilitates students’ connections between Psychology and the liberal arts.

The Psychology curriculum seeks to prepare students in a science with a variety of techniques and research methods. Required coursework is structured to include experiences conducting research as well as exposure to an array of contemporary theories in a variety of psychological fields. During the junior or senior year, students may engage in the entire research process in which their creative projects are designed, carried out, and presented at a research conference.

Students also may engage in fieldwork designed to allow them to experience psychology in the working world, as well as to clarify their career goals. Students can also earn a double major by combining Psychology with any number of other disciplines. Because Psychology examines how and why people act, think and feel, the Psychology Major (or Minor) is particularly useful when combined with other disciplines such as elementary/special education teacher training, criminal justice, communication, business, pre-medicine, pre-law, dance, and art.

The Psychology faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. During a student’s academic career, she will have opportunities to collaborate with a faculty member on a research or consulting project. Students can participate in community service and women’s leadership activities through the Psychology Club and the Women’s Health Alliance that emphasizes the value of health and well-being. Students who excel academically may apply to join the Psi Chi National Honor Society and participate in their many outreach programs and on-campus activities.

The Psychology Program’s objective is to ensure that every undergraduate receives high-quality instruction in all of the essential areas of psychology, and be exposed to a wide range of subfields so that undergraduate students are prepared for entry-level employment in the field of psychology or advanced graduate education.