Psychology is a wide-ranging discipline that involves the empirical
study of mind and behavior. Contemporary psychological science is
focused on basic and applied research in many areas, including
physiological bases of behavior, cognition, emotion, development and
personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy, social processes,
psychology in the workplace, and clinical and health psychology.
The psychology major is basic to pre-professional training for a
career in psychology, which requires graduate study leading to the MA,
MS, PsyD, and PhD degrees. Professional careers in psychology include
teaching and research in colleges and universities; counseling and
clinical work in mental health settings, in schools, and in community
settings; psychology-related work in hospitals and public health
settings, in the military services, and in the justice system; and
psychology-related work in industry, and in local, state and federal
agencies of many kinds. Over the years Hamline psychology majors have
obtained advanced degrees from many of the nation’s leading graduate
programs, and our majors have established successful careers as
counseling and clinical psychologists, social psychologists,
experimental psychologists, industrial/organizational psychologists, and
The student majoring in psychology who does not plan on a
psychology-focused career receives a broad liberal education and is
qualified for diverse employment opportunities. Examples of such
opportunities are teaching, personnel work in business and industry,
industrial relations, merchandising and sales, advertising, and other
community enterprises. Psychology majors have pursued careers in
education, health and medicine, law, human resources, management, and
Hear from Hamline students and faculty about what makes psychology one of the
most popular majors on campus.
President Fayneese Miller, Professor Robin Parritz, and Professor Jillian Peterson gave their expert insights about how to talk about and recover from violence as a society.
After terrorist attacks in Paris and other parts of the world, Hamline professors organized a multi-disciplinary panel to examine these apparently senseless acts of violence.
Nic Heimpel, Alexandra Leaskas, and Forrest Olsen presented results from their departmental honors projects in psychology at the 88th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago.