B.A. or B.S. in Psychology

Otterbein offers a major and minor in psychology through which you will study human thought, emotion and behavior. Our program provides you with a thorough grounding in the study of human nature, while emphasizing applications of psychology in society to examine the full range of the human experience. Psychology is a broad area, and the Department of Psychology at Otterbein is committed to helping you obtain the skills and knowledge you need to pursue your career interests and goals.

My relationships with faculty, who pushed and encouraged me to be better than what I thought I could be, will always be appreciated.

Gabriella Evans ’12, psychology major and nursing student at Duke University

As a psychology major, you will be encouraged to participate in research projects. Your research experience will allow you to develop critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis skills, which are attractive to graduate schools and employers. You will have the opportunity to work side-by-side on research with your professors, which may lead to presenting your work at conferences around the country, and even publication. Our students and faculty are currently conducting studies in early childhood development, perception and attention, stress management, health, prejudice, relationships, memory, intelligence, emotion, therapy techniques and clinical psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
1. Upholds ethical, socially responsible behavior Responsible
2. Demonstrates critical thinking skills and the ability to navigate complexity Inquisitive
3. Values diversity and individual differences Responsible
4. Knows the scientific ethos, methods, and major models, as well as the real world applications of psychology for the understanding of self and society Knowledgeable
5. Engages intellectually, civically, and aesthetically with culture and the world Engaged
6. Displays discipline-specific communication, statistical, and technological skills Multi-literate
7. Pursues a career and community engagement, and maintains intellectual curiosity and a commitment to lifelong learning Engaged, Inquisitive

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.