Psychological Science

Why earn a Psychological Science degree from LaGrange College?
At LaGrange College we can help you plan a curriculum that is right for you – a course of study relevant to your personal career goals. Classes in abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, human sexuality and child development are available to students interested in becoming clinicians or counselors, while those planning to work in industrial or organizational settings can take courses in social psychology, cognitive psychology and survey research.

Why emphasize hands-on experience and research?
At LaGrange College, students gain research experience, both in required courses such as Research Methods and in elective courses such as Survey Research. Other students may elect to complete an independent research project or to work with a professor as a research assistant.

During your senior year, you may choose a research topic based on your specific interests, which you will then defend to your professor. After conducting the research and writing a major paper, you will then present your findings to your classmates. Recent student projects have involved:

  • predicting classroom performance based on sleep time, classroom attendance, and study time
  • studying the relationship between computer use and academic performance
  • examining the links between academic performance and age, gender, and religious backgrounds

Meet psychological science majors:

Hill Daniel
Hill Daniel
Hill Daniel's future is in psychology, but not in a "talk-to-me-about-your-problems" sort of way.

"I'm not interested as much in the clinical side of things; it's more the theory I'm leaning toward," the psychology major said. "I've thought about becoming a high school AP psychology teacher because I like being able to take what I know and help other people understand it."
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What are psychological science graduates doing today?

LaGrange College psychological science graduates have gone on to study at major universities in the region (e.g., Auburn University, Emory University and the University of Georgia), and have been accepted to graduate programs around the country, including the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Loyola University in Chicago, the Ohio State University and the University of Southern Illinois.

One recent graduate was named a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow and completed her master's degree at Surrey University in England. She is now preparing to begin doctoral studies at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Many graduates of the LaGrange College psychology program can be found working in related fields as counselors, social workers, school psychologists, teachers and college professors, while others have applied their knowledge of human behavior in their work as lawyers, college basketball coaches, surgeons, financial advisors and business executives.