About

Left QuoteBeing a psychology major has opened my eyes to the depths of human nature and interactions.Right Quote

~Aimee Miley, Psychology Major, Class of 2016

The Department of Psychology blends a foundation in the major areas of psychology with other disciplines in the liberal arts to give you a broad range of skills, knowledge, and experiences. Being a psychology major at Miami University is more than just the classes—there are many opportunities to get involved with research, teaching and community service. The department offers a BA in Psychology as well as our PhD program.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline of psychology embraces all aspects of the human experience – from the functions of the brain to the environments in which humans and other animals develop: from child development to aging. Psychology is a science based on a large body of social science and behavioral science research and which is expanding its boundaries to overlap with neuroscience and health science. Psychologists study two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. As scientists, psychologists follow scientific methods, using careful observation, experimentation, and analysis to learn more about the world in which we live and its inhabitants.

Mission and Goals

The Department of Psychology has a multi-faceted mission that is both guided and informed by the missions of the College of Arts and Science and Miami University. The Department strives to contribute significantly to the education of undergraduate students, both majors and non-majors; to offer high quality specialized doctoral programs in several areas of psychology; to engage in diverse and contemporary research and scholarship that advances the problems; and to contribute expertise in service of the department, college, university, discipline, and broader community.