Lycoming’s Think Tank
Major: Psychology B.A./B.S.
The strength of Lycoming’s psychology program lies within the vast breadth of opportunities provided to students. The wide variety of coursework offered allows students to explore specific interests and enrich their knowledge of psychological research. The major is empirically-based with exposure to research opportunities beginning in the introductory courses. Students are trained in both theoretical and applied psychology in addition to the focus on the scientific approach. Lycoming is one of only 5 percent of colleges nationwide that offer a lab section with the Introductory Psychology class. Students are also able to expand their horizons through community service experiences with the Psychology Club, study abroad courses, and various placements in internships and practicums in the Williamsport community. Low student-to-faculty ratios and discussion-based learning promotes the engagement and ambition necessary for students to succeed in careers within the field of psychology.
- Compete for a summer research grant or the Haberberger Fellowship in support of research alongside faculty members.
- Design and submit independent research projects for presentation at local and regional conferences.
- Gain teaching experience as a laboratory assistant, a tutor, or a teaching assistant.
- Engage in faculty-led research, which can lead to publication.
- Join Psychology Club or be inducted into Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society.
- Take a May Term travel course to study abroad in countries such as Ireland or Italy.
- Participate in an internship with employers such as Crossroads Counseling, Lycoming Therapeutic Services, State and Federal Prisons, Ashler Manor, or Clear Vision.
- Opportunities for individual research are embedded within the curriculum, even in the introductory courses.
- Students are encouraged to hone in on presentation skills during on-campus poster presentations.
- Low student-to-faculty ratios in laboratory classes allow for individualized feedback and careful assistance during the research process.
- Classes are taught by faculty holding the highest degree in their field, each focusing research on a distinct area.
- Students can augment their psychology degree with a variety of other majors such as biology or neuroscience.
- All psychology majors receive internship support, career counseling, and assistance with graduate school applications through the CEAE.