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.

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Elayne Zhou smiles into the camera

Singer Turned Lab Manager

July 19, 2018
Elayne Zhou ’18, a psychology major and Hispanic studies minor at Oberlin, wants to make the world a better place by encouraging people to take seriously the importance of mental health.