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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 communities and the world through understanding and changing human behavior and society, psychology is the perfect path for you.
You'll certainly find psychology majors at other small colleges and at large universities. 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—or that pushes you to apply psychology to the real world in a way that will give you a competitive advantage.
In our Upside-Down Curriculum, you will start taking psychology 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 hands-on experience. You'll choose a concentration that gives you a specific area of expertise.
The major intentionally embeds Champlain’s Career Collaborative into many of its classes already from semester one and throughout all four years, connecting you with internship and career advising like no other psychology major does anywhere. This truly pushes you to be ready to apply this versatile degree to a future of your chosen success.
JUST THE FACTS
The annual median salary of psychologists in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Rough percent of publish research from the lab that lists students as co-authors, giving them a competitive advantage in future research opportunities.
95% of Champlain's Psychology graduates over the past six years have been 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 Behavioral 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.
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 politics, advocacy, technology, business, human resources, guidance, teaching, health, law enforcement, or any number of other in-demand professions. What Champlain Psychology graduates no matter their chosen career path all have in common is this: a sincere belief that they can impact and change their communities and the world for the better, and the applied skill sets to do just that!
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