Course Information

Course Information

Welcome to the Undergraduate Program in Psychology at Marietta College. Marietta College’s Department of Psychology houses one of the strongest programs in the region, and one of the most popular undergraduate majors at the college. Our program strives to give its students the best possible training and education in psychology, providing them with a comprehensive introduction to the scientific study of behavior and cognitive processes within the liberal arts tradition. The program emphasizes the scientific foundation of psychology; however, it also stresses the importance of applying psychological principles, methods, and findings to solving problems and improving lives. An undergraduate degree from the Department of Psychology provides an excellent foundation for many career paths, as well as for graduate study in the field.

Students who major or minor in psychology take a common core of courses that provide a general introduction to the field, an understanding of the research techniques used by psychologists, and some hands-on research experience. Advanced courses provide both breadth and some degree of depth within the field. Information about major and minor requirements is available on our website and in the department office. The department also offers many opportunities for students to interact with faculty members outside of formal classes. Many of our students participate in independent study under the guidance of a faculty member; they may become actively involved in original research or pursue a narrow topic in greater depth than is possible in our regular courses. All members of our faculty serve as undergraduate advisors. Advisors can guide students as they choose among the many course offerings and research opportunities available within our department. In addition, our Psychology Club sponsors activities that invite informal interactions among our students and members of the faculty.

The Department of Psychology offers many resources to guide students in their course selections.

  • Semester schedules and yearly schedules provide information on each semester’s classes, including which requirements they fulfill.
  • Our webpage on choosing courses provides useful strategies and key requirements.
  • The career planning section of our site addresses the relevance of psychology courses for different career paths.
  • Psychology undergraduate advisors can meet with you to talk about choosing courses that will complete your requirements, match your interests, and best prepare you for whatever you might do next.