• How to understand human and non-human behavior and mental processes
  • Application skills to connect psychological concepts to real-world problems
  • Quantitative and verbal aspects of logical thinking and critical analysis
  • Ethical ramifications of research and practice in the field


  • Consultant
  • Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Psychology Researcher/Lab Manager
  • Human Resources or Business Administration Manager


What are the driving forces behind thought and behavior? How do children learn about the world? How are memories organized? How do people interact in groups? A comprehensive understanding of psychology requires research training, critical analysis of psychological theories and research, and the ethical application of scientific knowledge.

Puget Sound's psychology department offers courses in many subdisciplines of psychology, including development, clinical psychology, cognition, learning, sensation, perception, biopsychology, personality, social psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology. Within the major, students progress through a series of methods, statistics, and laboratory courses and take upper-division elective courses to explore selected topics in greater depth. Seminars and independent study courses provide opportunities for students to approach contemporary issues in psychology and develop the skills of scholarship at a more sophisticated level.



Samantha Scott '17
Samantha Scott '17

"The opportunity to conduct empirical studies as part of my coursework and receive a 1:1 mentoring with summer research funding enabled me to be a principal investigator on my own work early on, a rare experience for undergraduates."