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Professor and Chair of Psychology Nancy Darling and her students express delight over 1step2life, a web-based app they developed that helps adolescents manage chronic pain. Photo credit: John Seyfried
Program Overview


Program Type: Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Psychology

The psychology major 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 psychology majors conduct experiential investigations in laboratory courses, participate actively in faculty projects, and engage in independent studies.

Why Study Psychology at Oberlin?

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Variety of Courses
Associated Faculty
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Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychological Science 4 credits
  • PSYC 215 - Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology 4 credits
  • PSYC 303 - Advanced Methods in Memory Research 4 credits
  • PSYC 520 - Supervised Research in Social and Environmental Psychology 2 credits

Psychology Faculty

Psychology faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through collaborative research, and writing. Their research interests include adolescent social relations, psychological disorders, human memory, language, environmental psychology, use of technology and non-traditional treatments, and more.

Explore Faculty within Psychology

Psychology News

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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.
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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 typically held in January, it was shifted to August this year under the same premise: a time for students to explore opportunities outside of their regular course of study.