Office: W357 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3129

Cheryl Drout, Chairperson



The psychology department has several objectives:

  • To provide the student with a basic knowledge of a broad range of psychological concepts and theories, and an understanding of the methods used by psychologists in the study of human behavior; to contribute to the building of an integrated liberal education, designed to equip the student for postgraduate employment or further specialized education; and to demonstrate the relevance of psychological analysis to current social problems and provide students with the knowledge to better understand themselves and others. A liberal arts education with a major in psychology is good preparation for a wide variety of jobs including human services, sales, and management. Some jobs in psychology and related mental health are available at the bachelor's degree level; others may require an advanced degree. Many of our majors continue in graduate school in fields of study including school psychology, social work, counselor education, cognitive psychology, counseling psychology, and law.
  • To meet all of these objectives the department offers courses spanning the entire field of psychology. Internships and independent study opportunities are also available. It recognizes superior student performance with the Psychology Merit Award and Donald John Lehr Endowment, and it supports the Psychology Club and a local chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology. Interested persons should see the department chairperson for additional information.

Requirements for Transfer Credit

For a transfer course to be counted toward the minimum hours required for a major or a minor, the course must be evaluated as equivalent to a course taught in the Department of Psychology.

For a major, a limit of 12 transfer credits may be counted towards the 35 required, i.e., a minimum of 23 credit hours must be taken in the department at SUNY Fredonia.

For a minor, a minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken in the department at SUNY Fredonia.

The psychology department participates in the Cooperative Engineering program.