Department of Psychology

Major in Psychology at Fort Lewis College

There are several reasons why you might want to study psychology at Fort Lewis College.

The psychology curriculum is modern, broad, liberal arts-oriented and tailored to the needs of today’s students, the current job market and the ever changing demands of the profession. The core courses provide the basic concepts and skills needed by all psychology majors, but course options allow some specialization. Special Topics courses give the faculty the opportunity to cover new topics as they see fit. Further flexibility is built into the curriculum by means of the psychology electives which require each student to select a group of related courses which will better prepare him or her for future career and educational options.

Our research program, field exercises and co-op opportunities provide each student with first hand experiences with “real life” phenomena while under the direct supervision of experts. Laboratory, field and clinical research activities are part of the curriculum as students pursue original research in a number of courses and have a chance to present their work to colleagues. 

The psychology majors at Fort Lewis College will find their psychology professors dedicated to teaching. Although most psychology professors maintain research activities in their specialty areas, they view research as complementary to teaching. Small classes enable them to give their students a considerable amount of individual attention and guidance. Several psychology faculty members have enjoyed the reputation of being among the best teachers in the institution. Three faculty members have been named “Featured Scholars” by Fort Lewis College, three have won teaching awards, and two others have won FLC Achievement Awards. All faculty members are active contributors to the field of psychology. Although demanding, students consistently rate their psychology professors as motivating, challenging, informative and fair.

Psychology Department News and Updates (2013-2014)

​1) Two new summer classes in May 2014: 
Travel to Chile with Dr. Brian Burke or Dance Nia with Dr. Sharon Sears 

2) Check out our updated Classroom Expectations and Behavior Policy