Undergraduate Program

Within Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate Psychology program offers two majors (A.B. and B.S.) and a minor in Psychology.  The degrees are designed to ensure both breadth and depth in Psychology, from neural underpinnings of thought and action to societal influences on behavior.  A degree in psychology will help students become well rounded and educated citizens, who are prepared to interpret data and arguments. Psychology is excellent preparation for nearly any career in which an understanding of human behavior is important; majors go on to careers in law, medicine, education, policy, government, and academia, among others. 



(L-R): Debra Henke, Samantha Neal, Zavier Carmichael, Taylor Panzer, and Anna Petterson 

Summer 2017 research assistants in the Duke Identity & Diversity Lab, led by Dr. Sarah Gaither, visit the Museum of Life and Science twice a week collecting data for a study looking at mixed-race face perception for children ages 3-7. This research is part of a new collaboration with the Museum and Duke University. The assistants enjoy interacting with the community and getting families and children involved directly in science. This study includes a quick face categorization game that children play on iPads, during which these children are asked how they see mixed-race Asian/White faces. The data collected in North Carolina will be compared to face perception for children in Taiwan, as part of a cross-cultural study examining the role that social context plays in shaping how others are seen.


A sampling of the diverse post-graduation plans of 2017 graduates:

  • Bilingual Research Assistant, University of Maryland--College Park

  • Middle School Teacher at Uncommon Schools

  • Depravity Standard Research Internship, The Forensic Panel

  • Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Coordinator, Storytellers Project at Rooted in Rights

  • Pararescue

  • Associate at Legends of Learning

  • Lab Manager for Motivated Cognition and Aging Brain Lab, Duke University Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Software Engineer, Galatea Associates

  • Research at NIH

  • Communications Planner at BBDO New York

  • High School History Teacher at Yes Prep in Houston, Texas

  • Monetization Analyst at Videology

  • College Advisor at Duke College Advising Corps

  • Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

  • Product Marketing at Red Bull

  • High School History Teacher at Yes Prep in Houston, Texas

  • Law School: NCCU; Harvard

  • Research Assistant, Hospital for Special Surgery

  • Graduate School: Owen School of Management, Vanderbilt; School Counseling, Gonzaga University; Bioethics, Columbia University; Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, Boston University;  Child Life Specialist Program, Yale University; Biomedical Sciences, Duke University; Philosophy, University of Arizona; Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia; Management Studies, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Journalism, Boston University

  • Cisco Associate Sales Program

  • Associate at Legends of Learning

  • Marketing ACE Rotation Program, Microsoft

  • Research Analyst at RTI International

  • Open Innovation Drug Discovery program, Eli Lilly in Indianapolis

  • Clinical Trials Assistant, Duke University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry

  • Duke Chapel Pathways Fellowship

  • Teach For America

  • Paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison

  • Duke Center for Eating Disorders, Clinical Trials Coordinator

  • Professional golf player

  • IRTA at National Institute of Health or Lab Manager at Emory University Neuroscience Laboratory

  • Sales and Operations for Uber

  • Data Technician at the Freedland Lab, Durham VAMC Urological Research Institute for Medical Research

  • Research Analyst at Point72 Asset Management

Have a question or need to speak with someone? Email the Psychology Undergraduate Studies staff at psychologyDUS@duke.edu or drop by 242 Sociology Psychology.