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!


Retired professor commits $1.5 million to advance research in child psychology

Growing up as an only child, Sandra Walker Russ made the most of her solitary hours. Through role playing, singing, reading and expressing herself artistically, the unstructured playtime she enjoyed in her early developmental years would later serve as the foundation for a career studying the connection between creative...

CWRU’s NSSLHA named chapter of the year

The Case Western Reserve chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was awarded the 2022 Chapter of the Year by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and national NSSLHA organization. There are more than 340 chapters across the United States and the CWRU chapter was recognized for helping to increase awareness...

Analysis of ‘growth mindset’ research suggests little to no positive effect on student performance

New research suggests the “growth mindset” strategy favored by some educators to improve student performance hasn’t lived up to its promise—resulting in time and effort dedicated to growth mindsets in the classroom without meaningful gains in grades or test scores. More than 30 years ago, noted psychologist Carol Dweck proposed...

Spartan Showcase – Amber See

Major: Communication sciences Minor: Psychology Year: Third year Language plays an integral role in how we communicate thoughts, ideas and feelings,  but we may not always appreciate its significance. The reality is millions of people are impacted by communication disorders—and Amber See is on a mission to help ensure their voices are...

American Sign Language Club focuses on advocacy during Deaf Awareness Month

The American Sign Language Club aims to increase advocacy on campus and push for more accessible courses during September for Deaf Awareness Month. Members of the Case Western Reserve University community can follow the organization’s efforts and learn more about the topic on Instagram. Throughout the month, the organization will...

CWRU Psychology Clinic offers services for children, adolescents and adults

The CWRU Psychology Clinic offers evidence-based outpatient individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. We provide low-cost therapy to individuals living in and around the Cleveland area, and welcome individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds. Please call 216-368-0719 or email to speak with the clinic coordinator...

Meet Rebecca Constacia: A fourth-year psychology and premed student from Puerto Rico

Rebecca Constancia was raised on the northern coast of Puerto Rico in the municipality of Toa Baja—a place where she felt a sense of community, no matter where she went. Though she’s hundreds of miles away from the Carribean island, the fourth-year psychology and premed student didn’t have to sacrifice...

Workshop for minoritized students who plan to apply to clinical psychology Ph.D. programs

The Psychological Sciences Diversity Committee is excited to announce the CPAW-UP, a FREE virtual workshop that aims to increase access to resources, training, and experiences to support people interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology. See our flier for more info!

‘A beacon of inclusion’: Students create digitally accessible course content

In a matter of days, college students around the country will trade in their summer jobs for backpacks, books and new syllabi. Thanks to a group of Case Western Reserve University students, some of those syllabi are now digitally accessible. Digital accessibility ensures everyone, including those with disabilities and non-English...