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Psychology

Available as a major or minor

Roanoke College has been ranked as one of the top 100 "great schools for psychology" by The Princeton Review. We focus on psychology as a science so our students are equipped to think critically about how and why people think and behave the way they do — a skillset with relevancy to any job that our students might pursue after graduation. 

Curriculum & Courses

PSYC 231: Child Development 
PSYC 330: Principles of Neuroscience
PSYC 383: Counseling and Psychotherapy 
PSYC 251: Social Psychology 

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Student Experiences

  • Stephanie Shields has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Germany. She will be doing research at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Munich, Germany. Shields will contribute to work on vocal learning - the capacity to learn to produce new sounds through imitation - in the bat Phyllostomus discolor. Shields is a psychology major with a neuroscience concentration and a German minor. After her Fulbright work, Shields plans to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Shields has been conducting research at Roanoke with Dr. David Nichols for several years, and her work resulted in one first-author publication and another first-author manuscript submitted for publication. One of her projects relates to facial attractiveness and emotionality in which she used EEG to investigate the timing of neural responses to faces.

  • Kristen Wicander '17 was awarded a Fulbright Student Award as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in La Rioja, Spain. There, she taught children ages 6-12 about social studies, science, and American culture. "I absolutely love working with children, so I really can't wait to be working with spanish children," Wicander said. She was also very active in the Spanish community and took classes in order to fully immerse herself in the culture. "My professors have always encouraged me to push myself and jump in head-first to every possible opportunity," Wicander said.

What Makes Roanoke Different?

We help our students publish research papers, something that greatly improves their chances of getting into well-regarded master's and doctoral programs.

Learn By Doing

"The relationship between personality and film preferences," presented at the 25th annual meeting of the Association of Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

"Understanding the impact of technology use on academic performance in emerging adults," presented at the Symposium of the Association for Psychological Science, New York

"Examining the effects of agency, empathy, and mindfulness on prosocial behaviors," presented at the 17th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

"Understanding emerging adults' perceptions of children with clinical and developmental diagnoses," presented at the biennial meeting for the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

"Mothers' Work Status Affects Expectations and Experiences Regarding the Division of Infant Caregiving Tasks," presented at the 27th annual meeting of the Association of Psychological Science, New York, NY.

"The Effects of Alcohol on the cTMT for Ascending and Descending Limbs," presented at the Central Virginia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Roanoke, VA.

"Are electrode caps worth the investment? An evaluation of EEG methods in undergraduate neuroscience lab courses and research." Published in The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 15(1), 29-37.  

"I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. It was a great experience. Professors were there for you 24/7 if you had questions. They were definitely there for the students when they needed to be."

Aaron Rogers '21

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates have gone on to prestigious programs to deepen their study of topics that include clinical psychology, speech-language pathology and human development.

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