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Putting theory into practice.

The Psychology program at Capital emphasizes both theory and practice. The small program allows you to connect with faculty and learn from experts both in and outside of the classroom. Psychology majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research, and many have participated in the Summer Scholars program at Capital. Research opportunities often lead to internships and even an invitation to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Degrees Offered


  • Psychology
Decode the Human Mind. Unlock Human Potential.

The root of human behavior is psychology. Grasp the theory behind the science at Capital.


Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes, encompassing both research - learning about human and animal behavior - and practice - applying knowledge to solve problems. Using the knowledge and skills you acquire as a Psychology major can lead to a career with enormous impact—not only for you, but also for those you will help.  Whether you’re analyzing and interpreting data, tackling issues of cultural and gender diversity, or helping people overcome their own challenges, you will have the knowledge and experience necessary to make a difference in an ever-changing, but always human, world.

What can you do with a degree in this academic area?

  • Child Development Specialist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Physician
  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • School Counselor

Presentations at Capital University’s 26th Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship


of graduates pursue graduate degrees in Psychology, Law, Medicine, and more


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Experiential Learning

All Psychology majors must complete at least one high impact experience: undergraduate research, study abroad, community engagement, or an internship. Capital’s location in Columbus will give you the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to real life settings. Students have gained hands-on forensic experience as Behavioral Science Specialists, worked with autism-spectrum cases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and learned about inpatient Psychiatry at Twin Valley Behavioral Health. Additional experiential learning sites include Maryhaven, The Childhood League, Alvis House, and the Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Program Philosophy

You will be immersed in Capital’s strong liberal arts curriculum while taking advantage of coursework that provides grounding in psychology theory and practice. Understanding this specialized branch of science will enable you to identify the feelings, fears and experiences that influence behavior. Under the guidance of your professors and advisor, you can expect to contribute your own research to the body of knowledge and impact the science for generations to come. Your Capital education will be critical in helping you understand people, their actions and their interactions in your future career.

Where You'll Go

With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Capital, you will be prepared for the career of your choice. Graduates have chosen a number of different paths including: Child development specialist, neuropsychologist, community mental health worker, or even a physician. After graduation, many Psychology majors find themselves pursuing advanced degrees. As a Capital student, you will be prepared for graduate study in Psychology and related fields, including programs at Capital.

Sample Classes

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Social Science Statistics and Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical/Abnormal Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
“Working with Dr. Wilson is one of the most memorable things about my time at Capital University. Whether it was in class, on my research project, or as an advisor, Dr. Wilson was always willing to give meaningful feedback and have open conversations about what I was experiencing in college. This includes the times where I was doing really well in the different aspects of my life, but also the times when I was struggling personally. Relationships with faculty advisors is one of the greatest things about Capital.”

– Ethan Scheck, Psychology and Biology, Class of 2022

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