Chatham University

Chatham University Psychology

The psychology program is organized in a common structure for the baccalaureate curriculum: a required introductory course; three methodology courses; six advanced content courses; and the tutorial, the senior thesis. But the formal curriculum does not tell the story of the department.

We know and respect our students and expect the best from them, providing the support and encouragement they need to become professionals. We take pride in our teaching and make our courses rigorous, challenging, interesting, and innovative. Our courses are consistently highly rated by students.

There is a strong research program in the department, almost always with student involvement. Recently, there were 21 papers and publications in the department, with 14 of the papers having student coauthors and nine reflecting collaboration among faculty members in the department. In addition, seven students presented their research at a student conference. The emphasis on collaboration and collegiality has led students to describe the psychology program as an "extended family" or "village." We like this characterization.

Although we take our work quite seriously, we are less serious about ourselves. From our “Pink Freud” picnic to a constant array of activities, there is a sense of energy.

Psychology is the largest major at Chatham with over 20% of the seniors being enrolled in the program. Over the last 10 years, mroe than 95% of our students report they are glad they majored in psychology and would recommend psychology to entering students.

Our students go on to both graduate and professionals schools, and begin careers in a wide range of areas. Many of our students apply to our unique 5-year Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program. At the successful conclusion of this program, a student is awarded both the bachelor's and master's degree, and is eligible to be licensed as a professional counselor.