department of psychology
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Psychology is the scientific study of how and why people think, feel, and behave as they do. Psychology focuses on basic, normal psychological functions such as memory, emotion, visual perception, social interaction, development and learning, and problem solving and creativity, as well as on abnormal processes such as psychopathology, dementia, and retardation. Psychologists study universals as well as individual and cultural differences in mental functioning. Our courses embody the philosophy of Boston College’s liberal arts education, providing students the opportunity for intellectual growth and enjoyment, and a deeper understanding of the human condition. They also provide the knowledge and tools necessary for students to prepare for graduate training.
The Psychology Department offers two majors: The Psychology Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major, and the Psychology Bachelor of Science (B.S.) major.
- Undergraduate Admissions
- The Psychology Majors
- Academic Opportunities
- Concentration in Clinical Psychology
- Fulbright Grants
- Independent Study
- Interdisciplinary Study
- Neuroscience Courses for Premedical Students
- Peter Gray Award
- Psychology Honors Program
- Related Coursework
- Scholar of the College (external link)
- Senior Thesis
- Social Work Program
- Undergraduate Travel
- Research Opportunities
- Research Participation Credits
- Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
- Applying to Graduate Schools
The B.A.-B.S./M.A. Program is designed to allow selected students to earn both a B.A. or B.S. and an M.A. in Psychology in five years.
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology.