Psychology

Why major in psychology at Elms College?

Did you know:

  • Pro football and hockey teams that wear black get penalized more?
  • When we see a new face, our brains decide whether the person is trustworthy within one-tenth of a second?
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving, regardless if it is hands-free or hand-held, significantly reduces reaction times, and total response times?

Psychology answers questions about why and how we think, feel, and behave the way we do. This is an exciting time for psychological science, because it is expanding and intersecting with other disciplines like neuroscience, health sciences, business, and marketing. At Elms College, we take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of psychology so we can strengthen our understanding of the individual and present new opportunities to examine diverse and complex issues.

What can I do with a degree in psychology?

Our program is designed to prepare you for graduate study or work in a variety of settings. Employers want to hire people who can problem-solve, communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and have basic research and analytical skills. Psychology majors are in demand in many fields, including human resources, advertising, market research, customer service, social service, education, law enforcement, and counseling.

One-third of our alums continue their training in graduate school. Another third are employed in mental-health agencies, correctional facilities, schools, and hospitals. The final one-third work in nonprofit organizations, legal settings, and in private industry.

 

Contact Us

Division of Social Sciences
Diana Lewis
Associate Professor of Psychology

413-265-2427
lewisd@elms.edu