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Small community, huge opportunities.
What motivates people to do the things we do? What kinds of internal and external factors shape our actions?
Learn how to predict—and influence—behavior. If you are eager to make a positive impact on your community through understanding human behavior, psychology may be the perfect path for you.
You'll certainly find psychology majors at other small colleges. But you're not likely to find another undergraduate program that immerses you so thoroughly in the various ways you can use your psychology degree, and you'll be hard-pressed to find one that offers our combination of small-college community and big-university opportunity. Our psychology professors are respected and active in their fields, and they'll go out of their way to help you succeed.
In our Upside-Down Curriculum, you will start taking your major classes from day one and continue them through all four years of your education. That’s four years of exploring career fields, diving into research, and building professional experience.
Champlain's career-focused and hands-on approach to education makes our Psychology major one of the most practical and applicable psychology programs in the country.
JUST THE FACTS
The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year in its "America's Best Colleges" 2020 ranking of universities in the North.
95% of Champlain's Class of 2019 Psychology graduates are either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.
Collaborate on research projects with faculty who have extensive experience in their fields of study. Champlain's Neuroscience Lab—the only lab of its kind in Vermont—allows our undergraduate Psychology students to explore topics of interest using state-of-the-art tools such as EEG testing, physiology recording equipment, and a tDCS machine (to stimulate specific areas of the brain).
Learn how to use your psychology background outside the classroom and laboratory. You'll have a wide variety of internship opportunities—in fields like human resources, marketing, and research & development—that can expand both your perspective and your résumé. Students often come away from internships with a new career plan (and sometimes even full-time job offers).
As a Psychology major, your cultural understanding, flexibility, and adaptability are absolutely essential skills—and each will be significantly enhanced by a semester abroad. Whether through a third-party program (go almost anywhere in the world!) or a Champlain Abroad campus in Dublin or Montreal (your financial aid comes with you!) we encourage students to embark on a semester of global exploration.
SAMPLE COURSES IN THE PSYCHOLOGY CURRICULUM
My fall semester I was in D.C., where I did an internship at the U.S. Cyber Command site under the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. We were collecting data from cybersecurity people and different government agencies and organizations... We did a lot of research, meta-analysis, and interviews.Mikaylan Diallo, Psychology ’21
Champlain Psychology graduates use their degrees to accomplish a wide variety of career goals. Some pursue graduate education to become psychologists, while others apply the principles of psychological science to human resources, guidance, teaching, law enforcement, or any number of other in-demand professions.