The Psychological and Social Sciences (PSS) major is a multidisciplinary degree program for students interested in understanding human behavior, group dynamics, and the influence of culture and the media on individuals’ actions. Students take courses in a number of disciplines including Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Human Development and Family Studies.
Research and scholarship are prized pursuits of both students and faculty in the PSS program. Students can get involved in research in a number of ways. All students enrolled in PSYCH 100, PSYCH 200, and PSYCH 301W are part of the Penn State Abington Participant Pool, managed using the SONA system (existing students and faculty can access SONA using the link on the right). The participant pool has roughly 800 participants per year each of whom are required to complete 3 hours of research experience either by engaging in actual psychology and social science studies or by completing an alternative assignment. The Participant Pool allows Thesis Students, undergraduate research assistants in the ACURA (Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities) program, students engaging in independent studies, and faculty to collect data for their studies.
Social Science Labs offer students the opportunity to partner with faculty doing cutting edge research in their fields. Many students do this through the ACURA program but faculty also run active research labs as well.
Students in the PSS program often attend regional and national conferences to present their work.
An internship required for all students emphasizes the application of classroom knowledge to real-world settings.
The Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with a broad foundation in social and psychological theory.
The Bachelor of Science degree offers an additional emphasis on research and quantification and requires students to complete a senior thesis.
The PSS program sponsors a local Chapter of PSI CHI, National Honor Society in Psychology.
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