Psychology

Psychology: Major

The study of psychology encourages students to think deeply and critically about human behavior, mental life, and the 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 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.
  • Students have the opportunity to present the results of their research efforts at the College's Academic Conference, celebrating and marking an important step in their development as scholars. Some of the work presented at the conference 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.
Research Opportunities

Collaborate on research with professors on a range of topics in the field.

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Internships

Engage in hands-on learning through a variety of internships in the Worcester area.

Students
Psi Chi National Honor Society

Students demonstrating high academic standing in psychology are recognized with membership to Psi Chi.

Psychology News

Attendees listening to the speaking program at the Community Partner Appreciation Reception. Photo by Avanell Chang
Holy Cross Celebrates Worcester Partnerships at Community Partner Appreciation Reception
Staff, faculty and students gather at Polar Park to thank local organizations for their support
Student office hours during the 2015-16 academic year with Mark Freeman, Holy Cross Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society and professor of psychology. Photo by Tom Rettig
Holy Cross Psychology Professor Receives 2021 Joseph B. Gittler Award From the American Psychological Foundation
Mark Freeman is recognized for scholarly and transformative contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge
Maggie Hartnett '23 and Professor David Karmon
Student-Generated Urban Studies Minor Debuts at Holy Cross
Maggie Hartnett '23 & faculty advisors team up to create new Urban Studies minor, which will explore themes around how we build our cities, what we do in them and how they shape us