Psychology

As you study human behavior and the mind with Hanover’s accomplished, widely published faculty, you'll learn that all of life is a process of inquiry. Unlike any other school, you'll design and conduct your own research projects at least four times in the course of your studies.

In fact, all seniors present their projects at an undergraduate research conference. For hands-on experience, maybe you'll conduct low-level therapy in controlled situations on campus. Or maybe you'll intern with a local psychiatric hospital or community agency. As a psychology student at Hanover, you will have a better understanding of how and why people act, think and feel the way they do.

Studying human behavior

With psychology faculty guidance, you can investigate the subjects of most interest to you through directed research projects. Past students have investigated subjects such as:

  • How people respond to people with attractive or unattractive faces
  • The most effective ways to learn
  • The influence of hand-washing signs on behavior
  • First generation versus non-first-generation college students
  • The perception of regional accents
  • Body esteem and sexual self-confidence
  • Homophobic attitudes

What do psychology majors study?

  • Basic psychology
  • Research design and statistics
  • Neuropsychology
  • Other topics that interest you, from personality theory to the psychology of gender to behavior disorders, to trauma and loss, and to human sexuality

"Each Hanover professor pushed me to think more deeply about the issues we studied and to think about those issues in the broader context of human experience. I am grateful that they required us to perform our own independent research, and the skills I acquired through that experience will be very useful in graduate school."

Elizabeth Tuck '07

Previous graduates' career and professional placements have included:

  • Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Purdue University
  • Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
  • School Psychologist, Carmel School System
  • Past-President, Rider University
  • Naturalist, Indiana DNR

Graduate school placements have included:

  • University of Michigan
  • Indiana University
  • University of Illinois
  • Florida State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oregon Health Science University
  • Washington University

Courses

Number
Name
Credits
Description
PSY 111
Basic Principles of Psychology
1
Overview of the fundamental processes common to all areas of psychology.
PSY 113
Psychology and Science Fiction
1
Uses classic and contemporary science fiction films and literature to explore aspects of mental and social life. Will explore issues of artificial intelligence, consciousness and emotion, what it means to be human, and what happens when one is excluded from that category. May include sessions that explore an anthropological approach to this topic.
PSY 162
Neuropsychology
1
An investigation of the function of the nervous system, brain, and behavior. Includes laboratory experience. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.Prerequisite: Bio 161 or 165.
PSY 164
Sensation and Perception
1
Investigates the basic processes by which humans gather information about the surrounding world. Considers psychophysical methods and the major senses. Includes laboratory experience. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.
PSY 201
Qualitative Research Methods
0.5
Alternative research methods in psychology will be considered, including interpretive methods, phenomenology, case studies, interview studies, and naturalistic observation. Prerequisites: Psy 111 and Psy 220. .50 unit.
PSY 220
Research Design & Statistics
1
Consideration of the basic design of psychological research (experimental, correlational, survey, case study, etc.) and the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. Prerequisites: 111 and Mat 217. Should be completed before junior year.
PSY 231
Personality Theory
1
Examines the development, structure, and functioning of personality as formulated by various theorists. Reviews research, assessment methods, and clinical applications associated with various theories. Considers psychodynamic, humanistic, trait, and cognitive-behavioral theories. Prerequisite: 111.
PSY 233
Psychology of Gender
1
Examines psychological theory and research on gender. Addresses societal expectations for women and men, empirical research that supports or fails to support common beliefs about differences between the sexes, and the relationship between gender and many traditional issues in psychology (e.g., parenting, achievement and romantic relationships.) Prerequisite: Psy 111 or GndS 111.
PSY 243
Behavior Disorders
1
Consideration of the symptoms (diagnosis), antecedents (etiology), and treatment (therapy) of various forms of psychopathology, including anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, and depression. Prerequisite: 111.
PSY 244
Childhood and Adolescence
1
Examines the growth and transformation of basic psychological processes from prenatal development through adolescence. Considers inborn mechanisms, physiological growth, cognitive and emotional growth, social development, personality and moral development. Prerequisite: 111.
PSY 250
The Psychology of Film
1
Examines the psychological and rhetorical qualities of film as they apply to filmmakers, audiences, and cinematic texts. An interdisciplinary approach integrates experimental, qualitative, and interpretive research from the domains of psychology, mass communication, film studies, and literary criticism. Identical to Com 250. Prerequisite: 111 or Com 212 or Com 242.
PSY 309
Research Practicum
0.25
Offers practical experience with important research skills, and detailed knowledge of specialized topics, through participation in a faculty member's ongoing research program. Experiences may include any of: gathering and analyzing information to develop research proposals; study design; data collection; statistical analysis; written and oral presentation of results. Offered every term. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. .25 unit. May be repeated for credit for a total of four terms.
PSY 332
Counseling & Psychotherapy
1
Survey of the theoretical and practical concerns involved in helping people with emotional problems, emphasizing both individual and group techniques. Includes a practicum. Prerequisites: 231 and 243.
PSY 333
Cognitive Psychology
1
Introduction to the higher mental processes, including attention, memory, language, and problem solving. Includes laboratory components and research projects. Prerequisites: 220 and either 162 or 164.
PSY 337
Learning
1
Examines the basic processes of human and animal learning. Includes a laboratory component and research project. Prerequisites: 220 and either 162 or 164.
PSY 344
Social Psychology
1
A general examination of how individuals are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Topics include: the self, social perception, stereotyping and prejudice, attitudes, helping, group processes, aggression, and others. Includes empirical and application-oriented projects. Includes laboratory component. Prerequisite: 220.
PSY 346
Adulthood and Aging
1
Examines psychological changes throughout adulthood, including physiological changes, cognitive and emotional changes, changes in social relationships, and personality. Includes coverage of developmental theories as they apply to adulthood and examines the developmental processes of aging and of death and dying. Includes laboratory component and research project. Prerequisites: 220 or KIP 341.
PSY 401
Advanced Research
0.5
A forum for developing a sensitivity to psychological research ethics, design, and methods (including statistics). Offered Fall Term of senior year, Prerequisites: 220 and senior standing. .50 unit.
PSY 462
Research Seminar
1
A seminar for exploring significant psychological research questions. A laboratory component is scheduled for the design and conduct of student initiated collaborative projects. Culminating Experience in Psychology. Offered Winter Term of senior year. Prerequisite: 401.

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