“LU taught me how to use my voice to make a difference.”
Susan Chadwick ‘09, Director at CSS Profile and IDOC
Psychology and Religious Studies
Set the groundwork through fundamental classes, and explore specialities through courses like the Psychology of Gender and Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Discover coursework requirements for a major or minor in psychology.
Learn from faculty with a diverse range of psychology specialties.
Apply your classroom studies to hands-on research
With access to our behavioral neuroscience lab and experimental observation rooms, you’ll bring psychology theories and frameworks to life through applied research.
Hone your interests in specialized fields
Lawrence’s psychology program offers training in areas of psychology like neuroscience, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and more.
The Chandler Senior Experience
The centerpiece of the capstone experience is an original senior project—your Senior Experience—allowing you to pursue your own interests in depth, encouraging autonomy and creativity. In consultation with the faculty mentor, you will choose one of the following types of papers: a critical review of past theory and research, an original empirical study report, a theory development paper, or a paper that integrates your own applied work (e.g., in an internship) with its wider scholarly contexts.
To prepare for your Senior Experience, you will take a senior capstone course where you and your classmates will meet in small independent seminar sections supervised by a faculty mentor. You’ll meet to discuss common readings, provide constructive criticism of each other’s work, and present work in progress to your peers.
Recent Senior Experience projects include:
- How Much Do You Pay Attention to What is Happening Around You?”: Mindfulness in Preschoolers
- Following the Footprint of Trauma: Using Artificial Intelligence to Identify Biological Markers of PTSD
- Providing Culturally Competent Diagnoses and Treatments for Asian Americans
- Trans Women’s Experiences in Sex Work
Both beneficial on its own as well as combined with any other number of fields at Lawrence, studying psychology opens doors to bright futures.