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Welcome to the Department of Psychology

Psychology is a scientific field emphasizing the understanding of behavior - how and why we think, feel and act. As a science, it focuses on research that is designed to better understand and predict future behavior. A component of psychology involves the practical application of knowledge, skills and techniques to the solution or prevention of individual and social problems.

The Department of Psychology focuses on research to better understand and predict human behavior and on the practical application of that knowledge to the solution and prevention of individual and societal problems. The undergraduate psychology program permits flexibility for career planning and personal development by providing two degree programs and opportunities for double majors. This allows students to develop a second interest and better prepare for a variety of careers.

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Academic Programs

The objectives of the Department of Psychology are to provide our undergraduates with learning experiences in and out of the classroom that will serve to improve critical thinking skills, facilitate acquisition of the knowledge inherent in the study of behavior and its research methodology, and prepare our students for either employment or graduate school. In an effort to accomplish these goals, the department encourages a broad-based liberal arts education and a solid psychology curriculum. Two degrees, the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in psychology, are offered. The major difference between the two programs lies in the science, mathematics and humanities requirements. Individual students' programs vary extensively due to many students planning double majors and minors in different fields.



Psychology is an extraordinarily diverse field with hundreds of career paths. Some specialties, like treating the mentally ill, are familiar to most of us. Others, like helping with the design of advanced computer systems or studying how we remember things, are less well known. 

What all psychologists have in common is a shared interest in mind and behavior, both human and animal. In their work they draw on an ever-expanding body of scientific knowledge about how we think, act, and feel, and apply the information to their special areas of expertise. The field of psychology encompasses both research, through which we learn fundamental things about behavior, and practice, through which that knowledge is applied in helping to solve problems. In each of the subfields of psychology, there are individuals who work primarily as researchers, others who work primarily as practitioners, and many who do both.

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Opportunities & Activities

Psychology majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience. The department sponsors a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, which plans both academic and social events throughout the year. There are also numerous opportunities for research, service and career guidance offered by the Department and the University. Please review the links at right for more information.

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Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of the Department of Psychology invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.

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Research & Scholarship

The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College’s attention, the work of the College’s faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College’s achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members’ creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.


Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Office Information

Department of Psychology
University of Dayton
St. Joseph Hall Room 329
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1430

Phone: 937-229-2713
Fax: 937-229-3900