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Department of Psychology

Academic Program
Our academic offerings are designed to challenge and engage you and your drive to learn.  READ MORE
Award-Winning Faculty
Doug Johnson, a psychology faculty member, received Colgate's Balmuth teaching award in 2014. MORE ABOUT AWARD
Institutional Review Board
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The animal mind and behavior are fascinatingly complex. Study and research in psychology often uncovers as many new questions as answers. Join as we delve into this rich and exciting field. 

About Psychology

We offer you the opportunity to pursue a major or a minor in psychology.

Psychology is a scientific approach to the understanding of covert and overt human and animal behavior. As psychologists, we are interested in such processes as learning, memory, thought, perception, motivation, psychopathology, and development, and their physiological and neurophysiological bases.

As we grow to understand them, psychological principles can be applied to our perceptions of the behavior of individuals, groups, and societies, and to the solution of a wide range of practical human problems.

Our curriculum will immerse you in courses that teach analytical and computational skills, as well as courses that explore a wide range of topics in the contemporary science of behavior.

We will engage your natural scientific inquisitiveness with opportunities including graduate-level research as an undergraduate with world-class faculty and facilities, the challenge to conduct and write a senior thesis, and the ability to explore your own interests through credit-bearing, self-designed independent study.

The psychology department is also the home of Colgate’s interdisciplinary neuroscience program, and is affiliated with Colgate's Center for Language and Brain.

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in psychology are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors. READ MORE

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Department Contacts

Chair: Spencer Kelly
Administrative assistant: Debra Linneman
Office: Olin Hall
Phone: 315-228-7354
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7942

Technical Support: Laura Rickard
Weekly Office Hours:
  • Wednesday (1:30 - 2:30pm): 329 Ho Science Center
  • Thursday (1:30 - 2:30pm): 225 McGregory