Psychology

Psychology at Oberlin is distinctive for its depth, variety, and research opportunities. Interdisciplinary in nature, it often serves as a gateway to other academic and professional programs. Discovery through psychological research is emphasized as students conduct experiential investigations in laboratory courses, participate actively in faculty projects, and engage in independent studies.

Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. Psychology faculty have varied research interests—from adolescent social relationships to social and environmental psychology, and from cognitive psychology to clinical psychology—to provide a range of opportunities for students to do individual reading and research projects.

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Department Overview

Oberlin’s psychology department is distinctive for its depth, variety, and research opportunities. This broad science field includes such subjects as biological, cognitive, and developmental psychology, as well as social perspectives on normal and abnormal behavior.

Psychology offers excellent training for students who plan to pursue graduate study. Our curriculum is not limiting; majors use psychology as the gateway to other academic and professional training programs. Our scientific approach to understanding human behavior equips students with analytical, research, and clinical skills for careers in many fields with a human service orientation.

Our department is the largest undergraduate source of bachelor's-to-doctorate degrees in psychology of any liberal arts college in the country.

Psychology News

From Main Stage to Airwaves

November 17, 2020

The curtain has closed on many professional, community, and college theaters throughout the country due largely to the global pandemic. Yet those who have the audacity to reimagine the theater and the arts in new ways are discovering the options are varied and rewarding.
four pepple spread out in a room making an audio recording.

Winter Term: Psychological Factors on COVID-19

October 1, 2020

Many areas of the country saw significant drops in pollution levels when stay-at-home orders were put in place several months ago. The effects on the atmosphere suggested to Devin Williams ’21 that there might be other factors to investigate. He joined a team of students who assisted Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies Cindy Frantz in a project that would lead to the study of COVID-19 on psychological factors.
A lake with the reflection of trees.

Psychology Facilities

Severance Hall

Oberlin’s Department of Psychology has its classrooms and offices here.
Severance Hall