The Psychology Research Practicum experience allows students to become involved in psychological research early in their careers at Union College, under the supervision of a member of the Psy Dept. Duties may include: surveying the literature in an area, designing or testing research materials, interacting with research participants, collecting & analyzing data.Read More
To provide students with practical experience, the department offers a number of internships that can be completed for independent study credit. Recently, students have worked in a center for autistic children, a battered women´s shelter, advertising agencies, biofeedback clinics, employee assistance programs, residential facilities for emotionally disturbed children & a suicide phone line.Read More
The fundamental educational goal of the Psychology Department is to help students develop the intellectual skills which are at the center of all liberal education: a) the capacity to think deeply, critically, logically, complexly, and ethically, b) the ability to evaluate claims to truth and to make educated, defensible judgments under conditions of uncertainty and complexity, c) the capacity to use information resources and to learn new information independently, and d) the ability to express one’s thoughts in writing and speech.
Students often combine psychology with other majors or minors such as biology, economics, mathematics, sociology, or political science. As a result, our majors go into a wide variety of fields. Many, either immediately after graduation or within a few years, enter some type of graduate program. Some of these students enroll in professional schools for medicine, dentistry, law, education, or nursing; other students enroll in business-related graduate programs for master´s degrees in business or health care administration. Many of our majors seek advanced degrees in clinical or counseling psychology or related fields such as social work and speech pathology. Several majors each year enter graduate programs leading to the doctorate in various areas of academic psychology.
SONA Systems is the Union College Psychology Department’s online research signup system. Using this system, you can participate in research studies run by our department to earn course credit (if enrolled in PSY100 or PSY300) or cash. Click below to register and learn more about the available opportunities.