Earlham’s Psychology Department combines a hands-on approach with a remarkable diversity of faculty interests, including infant development, human development in Japan, prejudice, counseling and psychotherapy, stress and health, community psychology, biological basis of memory and positive psychology. Students can practice real-life observation, hone counseling skills, assist with faculty research, and conduct research of their own. This rich hands-on approach allows students to be involved in their discipline in ways that are both relevant and demanding.
Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees in psychology at places like Washington University in St. Louis, Bryn Mawr College and Ball State University in cognitive, developmental and clinical areas. Recent graduates also have pursued advanced degrees in social work, education, medicine, law and business at Boston, Cornell and George Washington universities, among others.
Babies are pint-sized moral philosophers? It may not be such a silly question. In her senior project, Karli Oxford-Jordan ’17, equipped with puppet shows and parent questionnaires, is determined to explore morality in babies as young as four months.
What is human dignity? Professor of Psychology Vince Punzo teaches a course pondering that question, thanks in part to a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to foster exploration of enduring questions.
Natalie Schelling '12 has taken her self-designed major in Integrated Math Education from Earlham to an Educational Psychology doctoral degree program at Ball State.