Psychology at Carleton provides a systematic approach to the study of behavior and experience. We examine processes of physiological functioning, human and animal learning, human and animal cognition, cognitive and social development, personality, social influence, and psychopathology, and treats particular topics (e.g., prejudice, real-life decision making, and psychopharmacology) that are representative of the diversity and complexity of psychology. We also strongly emphasize the development of analytic and expressive skills that are the basis of investigation, evaluation, and communication in the field.

According to the American Psychology Association (APA), psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships: the brain function/behavior relationship, and the behavior/environment relationship.

The APA career website describes 20 sub-fields of psychology for your consideration:

  • Clinical
  • Cognitive and Perceptual
  • Community
  • Counseling
  • Developmental
  • Educational
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Evolutionary
  • Experimental
  • Forensic
  • Health
  • Industrial / Organizational
  • Neuropsychology
  • Behavioral Neuropsychology
  • Quantitative and Measurement
  • Rehabilitation
  • School
  • Social
  • Sports