The psychology major provides students with a sound introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline, including both traditional areas and more recent trends and theoretical developments. Psychology majors receive extensive training in methodology and statistics. The study of psychology emphasizes critical thinking and the development of writing, oralcommunication and research skills. Students are exposed to the variety of subject areas that define the field of psychology and aregiven the opportunity for hands-on, empirical work. Many students work on research teams and do year-long research projects under thedirection of an individual faculty member.