Thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at CWRU?

There are many reasons to major in psychology. You may want to learn more about the brain, emotions, cognition, social behavior, or psychological health. Psychology is a very broad field and there are many different tracks from research to practice, or both, in a wide range of areas. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at CWRU can help jump start your career as a therapist, counselor, consultant, teacher, lawyer, researcher, or physician, just to name a few.

Gain breadth in psychological topics as you learn about the neural bases of emotions, types of psychological disorders, how we learn and create memories, and how children develop in our lecture courses. Further develop that knowledge in small seminar courses with our professors while you learn about how to evaluate and conduct scientific research, learn about psychophysiology, and develop your own research projects.

Although graduate degrees are required for some careers, only about 40 percent of students who pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology go to graduate school or professional training after they graduate. A much greater number of students go directly into the workforce.

Why choose Psychology at CWRU?

The Psychology faculty at CWRU focus on teaching as much as research and blend these together seamlessly! For instance, students are offered a small hands-on research methods course, and a number of senior Capstone course offerings. In these courses, students get to know faculty and dive into their own research ideas.

A number of our Psychology majors go on to work closely with research faculty to develop their research ideas into fully functional studies. SOURCE offers small research grants to undergraduate students for studies that require funding. Many of these projects become presentations at international conferences or even publications, including in top-tier Psychology journals!

Past projects have included a research study on how Rubik’s Cube training influences problem solving performance, a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of growth mindset interventions in classrooms, and survey studies on the LGBT community.

To learn more about the accomplishments of our students and the cutting edge research being conducted by our faculty and students check out our highlights below.  Please also check out our brochure. We hope to see you next fall!


Rita Obeid co-writes paper on racial bias and autism identification

Rita Obeid, full-time lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences, recently co-wrote a paper exploring the relationship between racial bias and autism identification. The paper, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, builds on research showing minority populations are frequently misdiagnosed or diagnosed later in life for autism...

Elizabeth Short is lead author on study about role of language in children’s play

Elizabeth Short, professor of psychological sciences, was lead author of a study about the role of language in children’s play. The study explored how children who have various developmental disabilities (ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and language delay) played compared to their peers of typical development. Results suggested language delays highlighted...

Attending religious services protects against deaths of despair, study finds

The New Daily: Julie Exline, a professor of psychological sciences, offered comments on a finding that people who attend religious services at least once a week are significantly less likely to die from so-called “deaths of despair”: “Religious and spiritual struggles—conflicts with God or religious people, tough questions about...

How Firm Are the Foundations of Mind-Set Theory? Dr. Brooke Macnamara explores the question in her recent publication

Abstract Mind-set refers to people’s beliefs about whether attributes are malleable (growth mind-set) or unchangeable ( fixed mind-set). Proponents of mind-set theory have made bold claims about mind-set’s importance. For example, one’s mind-set is described as having profound effects on one’s motivation and achievements, creating different psychological worlds for people,...

Margarid Turnamian presents a poster on data from her senior Capstone

Margarid Turnamian, an undergraduate psychology major at CWRU, presents a poster on data from her senior Capstone on trauma in LGBTQ individuals at the annual conference of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.  

Tom Schlechter, undergraduate, presented poster at national conference

Tom Schlechter, an undergraduate psychology major at CWRU, presented a poster on differences in sexual orientation disclosure in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in late November in Georgia.

Congratulations to Angela Ciccia and Arin Connell, recipients of pilot grants!

The Schubert Center for Child Studies, in collaboration Office of Research and Technology Management Vice President Suzanne Rivera, have announced the awarding of pilot grants to four primary investigators at Case Western Reserve University. The awards, totaling $50,000, are jointly supported by the Office of Research and Technology Management and...

Dr. Demaree publishes new study

Read about Dr. Heath Demaree's co-authored study, "To Protect a Good Mood, People Play it Safe", published in the journal Frontiers of Psychology!