Why Choose Nazareth for Psychology?

How do people form opinions? Why do men and women perceive the world differently? How do video games affect learning in children? Is "multitasking" in the workplace really more efficient? Psychology is not simply the study of abnormal behavior. It's the science of how we behave, the key to questions of personality, intelligence, and social behavior. 

The psychology degree program at Nazareth College is a liberal arts major that gives students a solid foundation with which to pursue graduate school in psychology or a career in any number of related fields.

Our program includes research and fieldwork opportunities usually only found at the graduate level. For example, a gerontology course was taught on-site at a local senior living community, where students took the class alongside residents. After Hurricane Katrina, students went to New Orleans to volunteer and witness the effects of a major disaster on women's economic, social, familial, and emotional well-being.

The prominent place given to research and experiential learning is intended to foster critical and precise thinking and clear communication in the use of evidence to support one's conclusions, as well as in making connections between one's intellectual life and life within the community. These are intellectual skills that stand one in good stead in daily life and in any number of career choices.

Program Highlights

  • Close-knit learning community with accessible faculty.
  • Students have many opportunities for internships in nursing homes and community organizations like the Hillside Children's Center.
  • Student-faculty collaboration on research projects driven by both student and faculty areas of research interests.
  • Specialty in two interdisciplinary minors: Gerontology and Women's Studies.

Contact Information

Tim Bockes

Tim Bockes

Professor and Chair
Golisano Academic Center 338E

Education: B.A., University of Vermont (English); M.A., University of Colorado Boulder (Psychology); Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder (Psychology).

Teaching Interests: Multicultural Psychology, Human Learning and Behavior Management, Personality Theory, Statistics and Research Methods

Research Interests: Sociocultural correlates of: Individualism and Authoritarianism. Belief systems, and child-rearing/teaching techniques.

Danielle Lindner, psychology major alumna, BA degree program, Nazareth College Rochester NY

Alumni Spotlight: Danielle Lindner '07

"The faculty at Nazareth were invested in my success as a student and as a person. The range of opportunities I had at Naz reflect that -- I took nearly every course offered in the Psychology department, completed two internships and a research study, participated in several activities on campus, and had countless conversations with faculty mentors about my future. My education left me well-prepared for graduate school, and, after earning my Ph.D. in clinical psychology, I joined the faculty at a liberal arts institution."

Example Careers

  • Psychologist
  • Private therapist
  • Clinical researcher
  • Human resources
  • Social worker
  • University professor
  • Community organizer

Internships/Field Experiences

  • John F. Kennedy School in Berlin
  • Seneca Park Zoo
  • Rochester Psychiatric Center
  • Veterans Administration

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Boston College
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • Temple University
  • ARC of Monroe County