The psychology major at W&L emphasizes the scientific aspect of psychology. This means that in addition to the various content courses, students are encouraged to understand and "do" psychology by becoming involved in research. Many courses require students to design and run their own experiments, and students are encouraged to work with faculty members on their research, both during the school year and in the summer. This makes the program at W&L different from many larger schools, where research is only done by graduate students.
All psychology majors will write a research proposal for a senior thesis, and those taking the B.S. degree will actually collect and analyze data for their thesis. The opportunity to investigate psychological questions in the laboratory is a particular strength of the W&L program.
-- Dr. Robert Stewart, Department Head
- Eric Shuman Wins Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology
Eric Shuman, a Washington and Lee University senior, from Black Mountain, N.C., has received the 2013 David G. Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology.
- W&L Research Team Explores Link Between Memory, Stories and Learning
Psychology professor Dan Johnson's research uses "nano-narratives" as a way to remember abstract concepts.
- Cellphones and Sleep
W&L psychology professor, students crafting new study
- Renata Carlson and Taylor Maxey Joining JET Program in Japan
W&L seniors Renata Carlson and Taylor Maxey have accepted the offer from the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program to work as assistant language teachers (ALT) in Japan.
- Charlotte Collins Awarded the G. Holbrook Barber Scholarship Award
Charlotte Collins, from Dallas, Texas, a member of the Class of 2014 at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded the G. Holbrook Barber Scholarship Award.