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investigation of human and animal phenomena
Psychology is the study of physiological, behavioral, and mental processes in humans and animals. Psychology has several interrelated facets, being a scholarly discipline, a scientific field of study, and an applied profession.
As a scholarly discipline, psychology represents a major field of study in academic settings. The primary goal of the Department of Psychology at Denison University is to teach students the significant concepts, theories, research findings, and methodological approaches of contemporary psychology.
As a scientific field of study, psychology entails the investigation of human and animal phenomena, principally by examining the factors that affect psychological processes. The psychology faculty at Denison are actively involved exploring various aspects of human and animal functioning through their own research, and an important component of a student's training at Denison is direct involvement in psychological research.
As an applied profession, psychology involves the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques to the prevention and solution of individual and social problems. Applied psychologists may work in clinical, counseling, educational, industrial, or social settings. Denison students have the opportunity to gain experience in applied psychology through the department's Field Experience course, the Organizational Studies program, or individual work with faculty.
The Psychology Department is committed to helping students develop an appreciation for the basic areas of psychological science and the methodologies used by individuals engaged in psychological research. The courses that you will take in our department will examine contemporary psychological theories, research and special topics in the field; give you the opportunity to learn and practice research methodologies and strategies used in the discipline; and challenge you to apply your knowledge of psychological science to social issues and your everyday life. The Psychology Department is also committed to the University’s focus on educating students in the liberal arts. To this end, the coursework and faculty will facilitate your discovery of connections between psychology and other disciplines and, ideally, will foster your development as a human being and citizen.

The flexibility in the requirements for a psychology major or minor permits you to select a course of study that is consistent with your educational, professional, and career goals. A large number of Denison psychology majors have pursued graduate training. Two recent studies, in fact, have ranked Denison in the top 20 (from among nearly 900 private undergraduate institutions) in the number of students who earned doctoral degrees in psychology.

Other students continue their education in programs such as physical/occupational therapy, social work, special education, city and regional planning, law, recreation, allied health, and labor and industrial relations. There are also increasing numbers of students at the bachelor's degree level finding interesting and stimulating careers in social services, human resources, business, teaching and research.

From recent graduating classes, students are pursuing masters and doctoral psychology degrees in the specialty areas of clinical, counseling, community, school, experimental, human factors, industrial/organizational, social/personality, biobehavioral, and neuroscience. Other psychology alumni are attending professional programs in medical school, law school, social work, special education, library and information science, audiology, criminology, rehabilitation counseling, and education. Still other alumni are engaged in human-service work through programs such as Peace Corps, Teach for America, City Year, and Lutheran Social Services.