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Why Psychology?

The Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota is one of the most respected and innovative psychology departments in the United States. Ours is a 100-year legacy of academic excellence and ground-breaking research.

Our graduate programs in clinical and industrial/organizational psychology are exemplary, with rankings consistently in the top 10 in the US; our cutting-edge research is internationally renowned for its particular strengths in behavior genetics, cognitive and affective neuroscience, multisensory perception, and the understanding of consciousness.

We are the largest department in the College of Liberal Arts by majors--nearly 1,500 undergraduates--and one of the top two by faculty, at 45 full-time members. Our 134 PhD students come from top universities across the country and delve into the full variety of research specialties within our department; that research is currently supported by $36 million in external funding.

Our setting in a liberal arts college within a top research university provides our students and faculty the opportunity for interdisciplinary innovation. We collaborate regularly with colleagues in the Academic Health Center (neuroscience, radiology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, and others), Institute for Child Development, the School of Public Health, and the kinesiology, computer science, and biomedical engineering departments. Within our own College of Liberal Arts our faculty and students collaborate with colleagues in political science, economics, statistics, and other departments. Our faculty and graduate students access leading edge facilities in the Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Drawing on an ever-growing multitude of methodologies, Psychology at Minnesota explores the questions at the root of the human experience: why willpower is a myth that we must believe in, can and should sensory loss be recovered, why anxiety can be thrilling and devastating, and the interplay between nature and nurture. Our work delves into understanding ourselves as ‘selves’—as conscious, unique, individuals--who are shaped by and depend on others as we grow and develop within communities, cultures, and societies. The psychological study of human mind and behavior is essential work for meeting the complex demands of our times. Our faculty, staff and students are up to the challenge.