You’ve always wondered why people act the way they do.  Wherever you are, you find yourself people watching and imagining who they are, where they are going and why.  And you are often the person others come to when they need help seeing things clearly.  That may be what led you to consider psychology as a field of study. 

Whether you are a prospective, new, or continuing psychology major, welcome to the department!

The psychology major is built on the scientific method while allowing students to explore psychology as a discipline and a career. As a natural science department in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the psychology major focuses on developing strong research and analytical skills while introducing students to a breadth of psychological topics.  Understanding behavior through clinical, cognitive, developmental, health, and social psychology are just a few of your options when you enroll with us. 

During your time here, you are encouraged to complement your coursework by taking advantage of a diverse array of opportunities. This could mean enrolling in directed research or a field placement, or even proposing a topic of interest to study through the directed reading program.  You also have the opportunity to leverage your time in honors psychology or serve as a teaching assistant. Whatever you choose, the department of psychology can and will prepare you for a variety of career and graduate school paths.

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As you visit the rest of this website, we hope you will find answers to many of the questions you may have!  If you still have questions, our advising office can help you. Join us so we can help you to put science and research behind all of those observations you’re already making about people and how they engage in the world around them.

Academics and Support

One of the most important aspects of getting a college education is asking questions. Find information that may provide you with answers to some of the questions you may have. Just know that there are many resources to help answer your questions.  If you don’t find it on the website, stop by the office in Sennott Square or email us. 

Experiential and Enhanced Learning

Experiential learning takes place outside the classroom when you pursue research with faculty, internships, or service learning.  We encourage you to consider it as part of your educational experience at Pitt.

Organizations and Scholarships

Even if you haven’t declared as a psychology major yet, there are many ways for you to get involved with the Department of Psychology. Find the right one for you!

Post-Graduation Planning

What kind of job can I get with a psychology degree?  That’s a question we hear a lot when students are considering a psychology major – and even as they near the end of their degree program. Learn more about post-graduation planning.