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The Department of Psychology offers a broad-based program, committed to the scientific method, in the study of mental activities and behavior. With marketable skills such as leadership, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate effectively, psychology majors are prepared for careers as behavioral specialists, vocational counselors, corrections officers, social workers, and psychologists.
Department facilities in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex include classrooms and laboratories, an animal room, research rooms, and supporting library space. Equipment includes operant chambers and related electromechanical devices, physiological apparatus, and computers. All members of the Moravian College community have access to networked Windows and Macintosh microcomputers in the academic computing laboratory. The lab provides laser printing capabilities for Macintosh and Windows computers. Students with their own computers who purchase a network kit from the Center for Information Technology may connect to the campus network directly from their dormitory rooms. This connection provides 24-hour access to network services, including printing, file servers, electronic mail, and the Internet, plus storage for personal files and access to campus software programs needed for academic pursuits.
Students have had field study placement at varied service agencies, health care settings, and businesses. There are frequently opportunities to work with faculty members on their research, and many students pursue independent studies or honors research. Students are encouraged to present research at one or both of two major annual conferences: the Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Psychology Conference or the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Symposium, held in conjunction with meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association. In addition to an active Psychology Club, the department sponsors a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honorary society in psychology, and a student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.