The Department of Psychology offers coursework and programs that help you develop skills for your future career and lifelong learning, including critical thinking and professional communication. The department offers opportunities to join cutting-edge research and programs that are advancing study in a host of fields. We provide an environment where faculty and student collaborative research thrives, expanding the knowledge of behavior, cognition, perception, and other key areas. Faculty in the Department of Psychology are teachers and scholars who work to advance the science of psychology and help you apply that science to your chosen career field.
Degree programs: Psychology (BS), Experimental Psychology (MS), and School Psychology (MS)
Research is underway at RIT to create an app that will serve as a resource to help young mothers answer questions about raising a child, connect them with programs and resources, as well as foster a virtual parenting community.
The 28th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on Aug. 1, is structured as a professional research conference. Research themes included everything from fundamental microbiology to the fine arts.
Assistant Professor Alan Smerbeck is working with Q Center director Chris Hinesley on an updated edition of Gender Diversity: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty, which is set to come out in spring 2020. Originally published in 2016, the guide is meant to serve as a base-level reference book for learning about gender diversity, labels and pronouns, and the do’s and don’ts of talking about gender identities.
The undergraduate program integrates a traditional psychology curriculum with a unique science and technology focus. Courses in experimental, developmental, abnormal, and industrial/organizational psychology foster the development of your analytical skills and encourage critical thinking, while a professional/technical core builds knowledge in a relevant area outside of psychology such as criminal justice, business, mathematics, computing, or engineering. The unique curriculum offers five tracks of in-depth, interdisciplinary study in developmental psychology, biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology, allowing you to specialize in two areas of interest.
A graduate degree in psychology can lead to advanced career prospects. Our master’s programs combine focused coursework in psychology with applied experience, either through an internship or the completion of a research study and master’s thesis.
Contribute meaningful work to multiple fields of psychology while you explore and apply scientific methods to human development, social interactions, and behavioral relationships in a degree targeted towards your career aspirations.
The advanced certificate in school psychology is ideal for school practitioners who would like further professional development, or for individuals who would like to explore the dynamic field of school psychology.