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We want our students to do psychology, not just read about it. While you build a scientifically rigorous foundation in the discipline, you will also design studies, analyze and interpret data, communicate your findings, and have the opportunity to apply these skills in real-world settings. Our curriculum is multidisciplinary, and spans social, clinical, developmental, cognitive, and biological/neuroscientific aspects of the field. We believe in working closely with our students both in the classroom and our laboratories. Undergraduates are deeply involved in our research programs exploring the psychology of health-related behaviors, the neuropsychology of bilingualism, the use of technology to teach coding concepts to children, the social construction of depictions of mental illness, and many other topics. We believe this active, engaged approach to learning is the best possible preparation for your life after Lewis & Clark, both as a professional and a scientifically literate citizen.


  • I love both psychology and studio art so much I couldn’t bear to pick just one, so I decided to double major!

    Emma Ray-Wong BA ’20
    Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Since I didn’t have the opportunity to visit campus before arriving for orientation, I had to base my decision on the website and some conversations with current students. One of the things that really stuck with me was how welcoming the community seemed.

    Hannah Meggitt-Nxumalo BA ’20
    Mbabane, eSwatini
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  • My favorite thing about living in Portland is the friendliness and acceptance of the community. Every time I go downtown, I’m reminded of how nice and welcoming people can be, from the smiles and hellos on TriMet to food cart owners remembering my face and asking me about life. 

    Malavika Arun BA ’19
    Palakkad, Kerala, India
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