Psychology is a science that involves both research and application, as shown by scientist/practitioner training programs for clinical psychologists like ours. Fordham effectively prepares students for graduate study and research careers, building student's research skills through varied research opportunities beginning in required courses and continuing with work in faculty labs and on independent research. Learn about the diverse and exciting research options for psychology majors.
Research at Fordham
Fordham is dedicated to undergraduate research in the sciences, including psychology. There are ample resources to support student's research ideas at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. The Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal is an important forum for undergraduates to present the results of their research.
Learn more about Fordham College Rose Hill Undergraduate Science Research Initiative. The Research Initiative provides opportunity for grant funding to undergraduates and multiple avenues to disseminate student's research through the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
For information about the undergraduate research initiatives at Fordham College at Lincoln Center contact the Associate Chair for Psychology or the Dean's office.
Research in the Psychology Department
Fordham integrates research requirements and opportunities into courework and independent study options throughout the undergraduate study experience.
Courses with a Research Component:
All psychology courses involve some aspect of research or methods, and the lab courses provide more in depth research expectations and production to apply research methods to the overall theories of the course topic. Lab courses in the course listing end with the number 1 (i.e. PSYC 2201-Learning Laboratory, is the lab course equivalent of PSYC 2200-Learning)
*For course descriptions of the following courses, please refer to the Undergraduate Course Listing
Foundations in Psychology (PSYC 1200): One goal of the Foundations of Psychology course is to provide an opportunity to become acquainted with the process of research in psychology. Therefore, as a part of the Foundations course, students will be expected to satisfy a research requirement. To fulfill this requirement students will be asked to spend a total of three hours engaged in research-related activities, such as attending research presentations or participating in research studies on campus.
Learn about the full details of the Research Requirement.
Statistics (PSYC 2000): This course covers descriptive statistics and (parametric and nonparametric) inferential statistics. It emphasizes mastery of statistical concepts and utilization of statistical software. Lab component every other week emphasizes research skill building.
Research Methods Lab (PSYC 2010): A hands-on introduction to research methods in psychology. In the lab, students will replicate classic studies from different areas of psychology, analyze the results, and write APA-style lab reports.
Advanced Lab Courses: Courses on a variety of topics with a research lab every week: Cognition Lab, Learning Lab, Memory Lab, etc.
Social Psychology (PSYC 2600) or Social Psychology with Lab (PSYC 2601): This course involves research on social relationship formation, nonverbal behavior, attitude change, and group processes. Research will be conducted using laboratory designs, survey research, and observational techniques. Students will analyze the results, and prepare APA-style lab reports.
Infant and Child Development (PSYC 2700) or Infant and Child Development lab course (PSYC 2701): An introduction to the study of change in cognitive, personality, and social processes across the life-span. Students will conduct both laboratory and naturalistic observations, analyze the results, and prepare APA-style lab reports.
Independent Study (PSYC 2999-4999): Advanced students can receive course credit for pursuing an independent research study in supervision with a faculty member to guide the learning and research process.
Undergraduate students may be eligible to conduct their own thesis from conceptualization, research design and implementation, to data collection, analysis and thesis writing. The thesis project is completed in conjunction with a faculty member of the Psychology department.
Learn more about the prestigious Psychology Honors Program.
Research Opportunities within the Psychology Department:
The professors in the Psychology Department are involved in various ongoing research projects that are diverse in scope and topic area. Professors often seek assistance from interested and committed undergraduate students who wish to gain training and experience in psychological research. Faculty research opportunities are a good avenue for a student to pursue Independent Study course credit. These faculty often mentor students with whom they have worked on Senior Honors Theses. Please refer to the Department Faculty Pages to learn more about individual faculty members' current research and reach out to professors to inquire about opportunities to get involved.
Additional Research Resources
The American Psychological Association (APA) provides resources for undergraduate students interested in learning more about research in psychology:
How can I use psychology research in my area of interest?
Research Tools and Methods
An internship allows you to explore different career options to refine your specific interests, as well as build skillsand research experience that willimpress future potential employers and graduate admissions. Find research opportunities in psychology outside Fordham:
APA Research Internship Index
Society for Research in Child Development