Psychology Program Overview


The wide range of courses offered by the Psychology Department reflects the diversity of the discipline. Our course offerings present psychology as a science in terms of its philosophy, principles, and methods. Classes cover topics such as development, abnormal, learning, personality and motivation, physiology, social , community and health psychology, statistics, and research methods.


The Psychology department has 21 full-time faculty, all Ph.D's, representing all the major divisions of psychology. Numerous scholarly papers and books show that the faculty are active within their professional fields, and many have a national or international reputation. The entire faculty shares a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.


There are multiple opportunities for students to be involved in faculty research, or to design their own research program. Facilities include research spaces for studying social interactions, perception, physiological processes, and animal behavior.

Resources and Opportunities

The department maintains active ties to local human service institutions and organizations. The adjunct faculty of the department includes psychologists from local private practice. The department also sponsors the Psi Chi honor society, and a departmental colloquium series.


After establishing a course base of general educational requirements, students are eligible to declare a Psychology major, typically at the end of their second year. Regardless of a student's specific interests within psychology, the department's goal is to nurture the student's overall intellectual development. The College of William & Mary provides an educational background appropriate to a liberal arts program as well as a strong foundation for graduate and professional study.