Department of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of animal and human behavior. It includes the study of human development, thinking and reasoning, memory, social relations, brain and neural mechanisms, abnormal behavior and much more. The undergraduate psychology major at The University of Alabama is designed to provide students a broad background in psychology that will prepare them to specialize in an area of particular interest in graduate school (if that is the plan). In addition to obtaining a general liberal arts degree, learning about the content and methods of psychology (e.g., research methods, statistics) can help prepare an undergraduate for careers in disciplines other than psychology. Therefore, it is important to focus on learning skills at least as much as learning content. Some practical skills available for students to learn as psychology majors include critical thinking, writing reports, conducting and evaluating research projects, interpreting data analysis and applying psychological principles to everyday life.

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Programs

The department of psychology offers an undergraduate major culminating in both a bachelor of arts (BA) degree and bachelor of science (BS) degree. The department also offers a minor in psychology.

Faculty

Chair and Professor
  • Conners, Frances
Professor and Director of Center for Mental Health and Aging
  • Parmelee, Patricia
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
  • Merrill, Ed
Saxon Professor
  • Lochman, John E.
Professors
  • Crowther, Martha
  • Allen, Rebecca
  • Lichstein, Kenneth L.
  • Salekin, Randall
  • Scogin, Forrest R., Jr.
  • Ward, Thomas B.
Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology
  • Jarrett, Matthew
Associate Professor and Director of Experimental Psychology
  • Gable, Philip
Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • McDonald, Kristina
Associate Professors
  • Gilpin, Ansley
  • Kim, Giyeon
  • Black, Sheila
  • Hamilton, James C.
  • Parker, Jeffrey
  • Roskos, Beverly
  • Salekin, Karen
  • Snow, Lynn A.
Assistant Professor and Director of the Psychological Clinic
  • Shealy, R. Clayton
Assistant Clinical Teaching Professors
  • Cummings, Craig
Assistant professors
  • Tullett, Alexa
  • Glenn, Andrea
  • McDonough, Ian
  • Cox, Jennifer
  • Kim, Min Jung
  • Tomeny, Theodore
  • Hart, William

Courses

PY
101
SB
Hours
3
Intro To Psychology

Basic principles of psychology.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
PY
105
SB, UH
Hours
3
Honors Intro Psychology

Honors section of PY 101.

Social and Behavioral Sciences, University Honors

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