Psychology and Education Majors and Minors
The Psychology and Education Department has programs in:
- Psychology (major or minor)
- Psychology and Education (major)
- Neuroscience and Behavior (major with the department of biological sciences)
- Education (minor)
- Educational Studies (interdisciplinary minor)
- Teacher Licensure
In psychology, we have a wide array of courses in the following areas:
- developmental psychology (e.g., study of children, adolescents, life-span issues)
- social psychology (e.g,. social influence; psychology of women; psychology of racism)
- personality and abnormal psychology (e.g., theories of personality; concepts of abnormality; psychoanalytic psychology; history of psychoanalysis)
- perception and cognition (e.g., vision and audition; learning, memory, and thinking)
- biological bases of behavior (e.g., comparative animal behavior; behavioral neuroscience; sensory psychology)
A hallmark of our curriculum is a series of advanced-level laboratory courses beyond our intermediate-level statistics and research methods courses. Each area of the curriculum has advanced laboratory courses and seminars, providing a very wide range of choice, and hands-on research experience.
In addition to these courses, we emphasize independent work with faculty, and we have an array of such opportunities, ranging from one-or two-credit experiences for first-year students to honors theses for seniors. At the end of each semester for some 50 years now, we have had an open meeting for students to present their research projects.
Department facilities include modern computers and laboratories in several areas, and the Gorse Children's Center at Stonybrook, a laboratory preschool and kindergarten in its own building, serving as an observation and study site for our undergraduate students.