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Psychology Overview

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Welcome to the Psychology Department at Beloit College!

Please use the menu to the left or below to learn more about the program, including major requirements, student opportunities, and the faculty.


As of March 27, 2019, requirements for the Psychology Major have changed! A summary of these changes can be found here. A checklist that reflects these new requirements can be found here.

Are you interested in declaring Psychology as your major? To do so, make an appointment with Kristin Bonnie, department chair, via this link.  

Student Research

Three of our seniors are completing thesis projects. Each has designed their study and have begun data collection. We look forward to learning more about their projects during the Spring Symposium on April 18th!

Sophomore Olivia Nasatir and Professor Alexis Grosofsky participated in the 2018 Sanger Summer Scholars program.

Sasha Duquaine '18 is a co-author on a recently published article, "Sexual Assault Victimization and Perceptions of University Climate Among Bisexual Women". Sasha contributed to the research reported in this article during the summer of 2017 when she completed a summer research experience at Rutgers University. Congrats!

Andreea Hrehrociuc-Caragea '17 and Professor Larry White have learned that their article, "An Investigation of the Relationship between Psychological Flexibility and Bisexuality” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Bisexuality. The article reports on the findings from Andreea's Senior Thesis research. Congrats!

Alumni News

Many recent graduates are pursuing an advanced degree in Psychology or a related field, including:

  • Marlena Fraune ’11, recently completed her  Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Psychology at Indiana University.
  • Mara Haupert, ’11, is also at Indiana University, working toward a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.
  • Danica Slavish ’12, recently completed her Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University.
  • TingTing Fan '15, is at the University of Pennsylvania, working toward an M.A. in Human Development.
  • Hannah McNamee ’15, is pursuing a master’s degree in the Maternal and Child Health Program at the University of Minnesota.
  • Staci Gusakova'16, is at the University of Michigan, working toward a Ph.D. in the joint Women's Studies and Psychology program.
  • Hailey Stevenson '16, is at George Williams College of Aurora University, working toward an MSW.
  • Austin Brockmann ’17, is attending Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He will pursue an MS/PhD in Human Development and an MPH in Biostatistics.
  • Ruth McLeod ’17, is pursuing a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Connecticut.
  • Emily Splan '17, is in the School Psychology program at Marquette University.
  • Sasha Duquaine '18, is pursuing an MSW at the University of Michigan.

Other News From Alums

  • Carmin Valerdi ’16, is the Crisis Line Coordinator at UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence in Madison. She supervises the Spanish-language crisis line.
  • Jonah Stoller '15, is a research assistant at The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Healthy Minds.
  • Jamie Eversage ’12, and her husband Jonathan live on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Jamie and Jonathan met at an ashram in India. In Hawaii, they operate a small business, selling handmade organic chocolates.
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Majka ’03, is an assistant professor of psychology at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.
  • Laura (Horsch) Nicolls ’01, is a partner in the Pacific Anxiety Group in Menlo Park, California. She provides cognitive-behavioral treatments to adults and children who suffer from depression or anxiety disorders.
  • Dave Stauffacher ’97, is Senior Storage Engineer (it’s an IT thing) at Direct Supply, Inc., in Milwaukee. Direct Supply provides “equipment, eCommerce, and service solutions for Senior Living.”
  • Tiffany Lightbourn ’94, is Chief of Research & Evaluation in the Office of Policy and Strategy at the Department of Homeland Security.