About Psychology Department

A Letter From the Chair

Thank you for your interest in Drake University.

The Department of Psychology offers programs of study in psychology and neuroscience.  A student in our programs will receive an excellent and intellectually exciting education in these scientific fields. Our faculty members represent many of the varied fields of contemporary psychology and neuroscience, including social psychology, experimental psychology, clinical psychology, health psychology/behavioral medicine, biological psychology, neuroscience, industrial and organizational psychology, developmental psychology, and behavior analysis.

Below are a few of things you will experience as a student of Drake University’s Psychology Department::

  • Our courses are intellectually challenging and exciting. Our hands-on, small-group laboratory approach means you'll be conducting and participating in psychological research starting with your first course.
  • Our faculty is large enough to cover the diversity of contemporary psychology, and our classes are small enough to get to know you. Most psychology and neuroscience classes enroll 20-40 students, and all majors are encouraged to enroll in small (3-7 student) seminar classes.
  • You can choose either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Sciences degree program in psychology.  A minor in Psychology is also available for those wanting to complement their main area of study with a foundation in psychology.
  • The Department of Psychology maintains a rigorous interdisciplinary major and minor in Neuroscience.
  • The Department of Psychology supports interdisciplinary concentrations in Human Resource Management, Behavioral Analysis of Developmental Disabilities, and Primate Studies.
  • Interested students work one-on-one with faculty to investigate various topics in psychology. Research involvement gives you a competitive edge when you're applying for graduate or professional school.
  • Students can earn internship credit for supervised experience in psychology. For example, our students have worked in hospitals, mental health clinics, day care centers, and businesses.

The Department of Psychology has two computer laboratories, fully-equipped human and animal behavior laboratories, and an electroencephalography (EEG) laboratory. These facilities offer exciting opportunities for Drake psychology students to explore the latest developments on the frontiers of the behavioral sciences.