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Psychology

The study of psychology encourages students to think deeply and critically about human behavior, mental life, and the very nature of inquiry into the human condition. At Holy Cross, the psychology faculty explore the breadth of the discipline with their students both in and beyond the classroom, and contribute to the field with their own significant research.

Like the field of psychology itself, which encompasses conducting research in laboratory and field settings, meeting the needs of individuals in clinical settings, and addressing enduring philosophical questions about human behavior and experience, the psychology department at Holy Cross engages students in a wide variety of intellectual pursuits with a curriculum that ranges across natural science, social science, and the humanities. Majors therefore have ample opportunities within the curriculum to fashion programs of study in accordance with their own developing interests and goals. Majors also have ample opportunities to pursue advanced study through directed reading or research projects under the individual direction of their professors. 

Program Highlights

The student experience in the psychology department is one of intense intellectual inquiry and collaborative study, tailored to a student’s interest areas in the field.
  • The psychology department’s Research Methods Colloquium allows all students enrolled in Research Methods (Psychology 201), working under the direction of faculty in small collaborative groups, to present their research in a formal conference-style setting.
  • The psychology department’s Advanced Research Colloquium allows students to present the results of their research efforts across the academic year, celebrating and marking an important step in their development as scholars. Some of the work presented at the colloquium finds its way into professional conferences as well as academic journals.
  • The psychology department, in cooperation with the biology department and other departments at the College, offers a rich array of courses in neuroscience, offering students opportunity for concentrated study in this important area of interdisciplinary inquiry.
  • The department maintains a chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology. High-ranking third- and fourth-year students may receive applications for membership into the Society. 

Psychology News

Holy Cross Junior Earns Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Jun 8, 2016

College of the Holy Cross student Victoria Mousley ’17, a psychology major with a self-designed minor in deaf studies and a concentration in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies from Jericho, Vt., was selected as a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholar. …

Holy Cross Academic Conference to Showcase Student Work

Apr 22, 2016

As the academic year comes to an end, the College of the Holy Cross will celebrate the great and varied work accomplished by its students at the annual Academic Conference taking place across campus from April 27 through April 30.

Holy Cross Announces Faculty Promotions

Mar 24, 2016

The following members of the College of the Holy Cross faculty have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. Florencia K. Anggoro, of the psychology department, earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and …

Holy Cross Physics Professor Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Oct 30, 2015

Janine Shertzer, professor of physics and member of the College of the Holy Cross faculty since 1984, received the 2015 Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award at the annual Dean’s Fall Address and Faculty Awards. The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes and …

Blog: Luong ’19 Shares Unique Student Experience at Holy Cross

Oct 22, 2015

NAME Thavanvotey (Votey) Luong ’19 HOMETOWN Lowell, Mass. STUDIES SHE’S CONSIDERING Psychology and American Sign Language and Deaf Studies double major in the Health Professions Advising Program WHY SHE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “I chose to spend the next four years …

‘Research focuses on hidden stigmas’

Sep 4, 2015

In a recent article in New England Psychologist, Stephenie Chaudoir, assistant professor of psychology, explains her research on concealable stigmatized identities (CSIs). CSIs are a class of experiences, identities, and characteristics that are often socially devalued but can be concealed. …

‘Mentoring Scholars, Not Just Filling Sections’

Apr 29, 2015

In a recent feature story, Inside Higher Ed highlights the College of the Holy Cross for the success of its faculty mentorship program.  According to the article, both visiting assistant and tenure-line professors at Holy Cross say theirs is an …

College Community Joins Together to Listen, Learn, Converse in Solidarity

Dec 19, 2014

For three hours, Rehm Library was standing room only as members of the College community listened intently. The beautiful space in Smith Hall — so often the scene of intellectual discussions, critical thinking, thought-provoking questions, personal reflections, and emotional discernment …

28 Holy Cross Students Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

Nov 14, 2014

Twenty-eight students from the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, on October 26. Alpha Sigma Nu seeks out students at Jesuit institutions of higher learning who …

Holy Cross Produces Nine Fulbright Scholars

May 22, 2014

Eight members of the Class of 2014 and one member of the Class of 2012 have been awarded Fulbright grants to work and teach abroad during the 2014-15 academic year. Since 2005, Holy Cross has received a total of 70 …

28 Holy Cross Students Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

Nov 1, 2013

Twenty-eighty students from the class of 2014 at the College of the Holy Cross were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, on October 27. Alpha Sigma Nu seeks out students at Jesuit institutions of higher learning who …