• IMG - Lang Psychology

    Students can study psychology as a major (BA, Psychology), a minor, or a self‐designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). A dual‐degree BA/MA option is available. The liberal arts degree in Psychology introduces you to the history and scope of psychological inquiry, helps you acquire a basic understanding of the scientific method and its application to psychological research, and trains you to critically evaluate and discuss psychological research findings. You’ll learn ways of thinking across disciplines through integrative courses. And you’ll explore psychology from diverse perspectives, with instruction in cognitive, social, developmental, and clinical psychology.

    The University and New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Psychology courses are taught primarily by faculty members of the graduate psychology programs of The New School for Social Research (NSSR). The Psychology department at NSSR is unusual for having both clinical and general psychology tracks and for a faculty that shares a sustained interest in understanding how social interactions and culture shape the individual.

    Faculty research extends from studies of the brain, attention, and perception to studies of parent‐child attachment, culture and psychology, collective memories and collective identity, and psychology of war and conflict. This contextually sensitive approach to psychology influences the teaching of the subject at Lang.

    Psychology majors at Lang benefit from

    • Experience in designing and carrying out psychological research studies
    • Opportunities to work in a lab or assist in research with a faculty member or graduate student
    • Access to the faculty and resources of the graduate program in psychology
    • Options for advanced students to take select graduate courses
    • Opportunities for clinical and research internships in New York City

    Career Paths

    Psychology students gain data analysis and critical thinking skills that equip them for graduate study in psychology and other related fields, including education, law, social work, and management. An undergraduate degree in psychology also prepares graduates to work in human services, management, human resources, research, and community relations. Students who plan to go on to graduate study in psychology, can apply for an accelerated BA/MA program in which they can apply credits earned in graduate level courses at The New School to both the bachelor's and the master's degree, enabling them to complete the MA in less than the usual two years. Students interested in this path should read the BA/MA Guidelines (PDF) for Psychology.