The Department of Psychology and Social Work at Grove City College offers students opportunities to conduct meaningful, relevant research. The ability to understand, evaluate and perform research is an integral component of an excellent undergraduate education.
Students majoring in psychology learn to use SPSS to analyze data in a Research Methods course and further their research experience by taking Advanced Research Methods. During this course, students hone their teamwork skills by applying knowledge from previous classes and conducting an empirical study grounded in current research literature. The culmination of the project is a formal written paper and an oral presentation to the department. Students who desire further statistics and data analysis training may take Advanced Statistics.
Grove City College offers multiple opportunities to develop public speaking and research presentation skills. On-campus opportunities include departmental presentations and presentations to the larger College community during Family Weekend. Every year psychology majors present their research findings at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, a regional professional conference.