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.

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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

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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.
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Winter Term - Summer 2020

September 3, 2020
More than 200 students performed individual and group projects during this year’s Winter Term. Although Winter Term is typically held in January, it was shifted to August this year under the same premise as in years past: a time for students to explore opportunities outside of their regular course of study. In this first series of Winter Term coverage, we look at a student’s attempt to take fear out of COVID-19

Psychology Facilities

Severance Hall

Severance Hall

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