Psychology One Course At A Time

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“I’ve been really impressed by Cornell’s psychology department. They give such intimate attention, have all sorts of classes you might not be able to take at other schools, and they’ve worked closely with me at designing my major.”–Alexandra Lewyn '19, B.S.S. industrial organizational psychology

Study human behavior

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What's atypical on a traditional semester schedule is typical at Cornell College (thanks to One Course At A Time). Day tripping to an amusement park, observing and recording the interactions between couples before and after they embark on a thrilling ride, and testing theories about brain chemistry and romance are all a part of your social psychology course at Cornell. What's not to love?

A degree in psychology prepares you for diverse career options from research and behavioral health care to social services and public policy. As a psychology major, you’ll take on courses and projects that foster proficiency with research design and research methods. You’ll gain an understanding of human behavior, thinking, and emotion.

Learning while doing

Faculty here encourage students to chase down answers to their own questions. You might record the cortisol (stress hormone) and testosterone levels while your subjects play air hockey. You might examine your subjects’ stress response using electrocardiography. Or you might decide to pursue your own research project. Elisabeth Sage ‘19 decided to examine the eating and exercise behaviors of wrestlers versus other collegiate athletes to see if their dieting routines have impacted their cardiac function.

Learning psychology at Cornell is hands-on and experiential. Your professor may send you and your classmates to an escape room so you can reflect on the group’s problem solving techniques. Or have you play a game of catch while wearing disorienting eyewear to mimic an eye disorder. Test, examine, experience, and reflect—that’s learning on the block plan.

You can do anything in 18 days.


Research One Course At A Time

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“Unlike students attending institutions with a semester calendar, Cornell College students can devote one or two months entirely to research opportunities.”-Melinda Green, Professor of Psychology