Department of Psychology

Overview

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.

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Degree programs: Psychology (BS), Experimental Psychology (MS), School Psychology (MS), and Cognitive Science (Ph.D.)

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  • February 1, 2023

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    Doctoral offerings keep growing

    RIT is growing its Ph.D. offerings, adding one new program in the fall of 2023 and two in 2024. This fall, Saunders College of Business will offer a Ph.D. in business administration. In 2024, the College of Liberal Arts will introduce a new doctoral degree in cognitive science and the College of Science will launch a Ph.D. in physics.

  • January 9, 2023

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    Teaching STEM by playing with primates

    Caroline DeLong, professor and undergraduate program director of psychology, and a team of researchers at RIT and Carnegie Mellon University are exploring the idea of engaging children with STEM skills through the lens of interacting with animals. They are working with a group of olive baboons at Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo.

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Undergraduate Degrees

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.

Our psychology bs provides a scientific study of the brain paired with a focus on observing, experimenting, and analyzing the mind to understand what drives human behavior.

Learn more about the Psychology BS program 

Graduate Programs

A graduate degree in psychology can lead to advanced career prospects. Our master’s program combines focused coursework in psychology with applied experience, either through an internship or the completion of a research study and master’s thesis.

Our new Ph.D. in Cognitive Science program provides innovative research training and career-building experiences centered around engineering, computing, and social and behavioral sciences.  

In this engineering psychology program, you’ll explore the interactions between humans and machines, and the science behind human behavior as you prepare for a career in ergonomics, cognition, perception, design, and more.

Learn more about the Engineering Psychology Adv. Cert. program 

Contribute meaningful work to multiple fields of psychology while you explore and apply scientific methods to human development, social interactions, and behavioral relationships in an experimental psychology master’s degree targeted toward your career aspirations.

Learn more about the Experimental Psychology MS program