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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University


Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Academia
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Social Work

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • The psychology department offers several different chances for students to become involved with research. The R.E. Lee Scholar program is one opportunity that students will have to engage in research.
  • Each professor within the department has their own laboratory areas, so the facilities of the department are as varied as the faculty interest. Specifically, however, the facilities include labs for the study of human and animal behavior, histology, cognitive psychology studies (learning and memory), and neurophysiology.