The Randolph College psychology program continues a long tradition of laboratory-based psychological study emphasizing research design, the interpretation of data, and practical application.
Courses are offered in a wide range of areas, including abnormal behavior, cognitive processes, perceptual processes, personality, developmental, environmental, physiological, and social psychology.
Our students learn by doing. Randolph psychology students are active in high level research projects with their faculty mentors. The Summer Research Program and the Symposium of Artists and Scholars provide showcases for student research projects.
Each year Randolph students are consistently among the top award winners at the annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association.
The department offers a wide variety of opportunities for experiential learning beyond the classroom.
“Our students not only read about the science of psychology, they are able to create original research and see for themselves how to apply what they learned in the classroom and in the lab. This experience is invaluable regardless of the direction a student takes after graduation.”
— Beth Schwartz, Professor of Psychology
A psychology major is good preparation for a variety of careers beyond the obvious choices of clinical psychology, counseling, and child psychology. For example, organizational behavior, criminology, art therapy, and marketing all rely heavily on psychological principles.