Our curriculum aims to provide students with an understanding
of human behavior and experience that will support their ability
to participate as informed members of our society, to help others,
and to add to scientific knowledge. We view the application of scientific
methodologies to problems of human interest as central to our mission.
One path to this goal involves mastery of the theoretical concepts
psychologists use in describing and understanding behavior; the
other involves competence in the use of the methods employed in
the study of behavior. We emphasize the importance of both concepts
and methods of inquiry across diverse topic areas within psychology,
including biological, cognitive, social, and personality areas.
The psychology program attracts students with a wide range of interests,
reflecting the diversity of the field itself. Many students who
choose to major in Psychology also supplement the major with a concentration
in Educational Studies, Neural and Behavioral Sciences, or Feminist
and Gender Studies. We also enjoy a high level of cooperation with
the Psychology Department at Bryn Mawr College.
Like most liberal arts majors, the Haverford psychology major
is not a "pre-professional" program, but rather
prepares students with the critical thinking and communication
skills that are valued across a wide range of employment settings.
Consistent with this aim, our alumni follow diverse career
paths after graduation. A number work as research assistants
in academic and medical institutions, and many work in social
services, mental health, and educational settings. Furthermore,
a substantial portion of our graduates have used their degrees
as springboards into a wide range of professions not directly
related to psychology, such as business, consulting, computer
industries, libraries, and acting. Finally, almost two-thirds
of alumni ultimately earn advanced degrees, both in psychology
and neuroscience, as well as in such fields as medicine, law,
education, social work, the arts, and business.