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Hamline's psychology major offers in-depth research opportunities, real-world connections


Psychology is one of the most popular majors for undergraduate students. While clinical psychology and counseling may be the first career paths students think of when they start out, throughout the course of their studies they discover there are a multitude of options in the field of psychology available to them.

“It is a very flexible major,” Professor Matt Olson said. “Our students go on to become educators, researchers, therapists, forensic psychologists, and work in any number of clinical organizations and institutions.”

Undergraduates also have the unique opportunity to conduct research—starting as early as their sophomore year. Students work on collaborative research projects in their own areas of interest with faculty members over the summer and January term.

“Research opportunities catapult students to levels of performance I can’t imagine ever seeing at large research institutions where the privilege of research is reserved for graduate students,” Olson said.

Hamline students have the awards to prove their merits, too. Every year, the Minnesota Psychological Association gives an award for an outstanding graduating senior majoring in psychology. Students at all of the state’s four-year institutions are eligible; Hamline students have won that “Donald G. Paterson Award” 19 times.

Hear more from Hamline psychology students in the video below. Or visit Hamline's YouTube channel to find out about other majors and student life at Hamline.