Why Study Psychology & Neuroscience?
Why Major or Minor in Psychology?
Psychology is a diverse discipline committed to the understanding of the origins, processes, and consequences of human and animal behavior. The study of behavior and its determinants lies at the heart of understanding the numerous systems ranging from the biological to the economic and social. Professions like medicine, law, and business, as well as the social and life sciences, are intricately connected to a behavioral substrate. Students who graduate with a degree in psychology go on to pursue a variety of professional paths, such as graduate school in psychology or other areas; medical school; law school; business related careers in marketing, consulting, and financial analysis; research, defined broadly; teaching; and counseling.
Students are also encouraged to develop research skills in the major by enrolling in a research practicum and/or research independent study, as well as to consider pursuing Graduation with Distinction. Students who have pursued research opportunities in the major report that such experiences are essential to start connecting with the responsibilities and demands associated with life after Duke. Getting involved with research helps students develop competence to investigate topics of interest outside the classroom. Research skills are useful not just for students considering graduate school, but any field where data collection and analysis are essential.
Why Major or Minor in Neuroscience?
Now more than ever, the broad impact of innovation in neuroscience is extending beyond the traditional academic disciplines where the brain sciences emerged. New dialogue and collaboration exists among neuroscientists and experts in law, business, social sciences, philosophy, the arts, and the humanities. Accordingly, the Duke curriculum in neuroscience for majors (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts) and minors reflects this broadening interdisciplinary platform for discovery and learning, with a rich offering of learning experiences that reflect the exciting growth of neuroscience and its increasing relevance to real-world problems.
Students studying neuroscience are provided rich opportunities to study the brain with faculty from a number of diverse disciplines and perspectives. Our undergraduate curriculum is taught by faculty from many departments, chiefly the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Department of Biology, both of which are in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and the Department of Neurobiology in the Duke University School of Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Department in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.