What factors shape the way we develop, think, and act? What defines our relationships? Psychology uses the scientific method to investigate the human condition.

Why study psychology at Sewanee?

At Sewanee, students do more than learn about psychology—they do psychology. Our dedicated faculty equip students with a rigorous foundational understanding of psychological principles and the creative methodological approaches that inform our understanding of thought and behavior, and then guide them in discovering how to apply their knowledge to a range of timely and significant disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and societal issues. Sewanee’s Psychology Department offers students the opportunity to conduct leading edge research alongside faculty committed to nurturing students’ intellectual and personal growth. Our majors emerge with knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that are not only applicable but essential to a wide range of possible professional pursuits as well as to a rewarding and fulfilling personal life.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.

  • Global leadership and development intern, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Research assistant, Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory/Substance Use Treatment Clinic, University of Houston, Texas.
  • Therapeutic riding instructor, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, McKinney, Texas.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.Ed. in clinical psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • M.S.W. in social work, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • M.D. & M.P.H., St. George's University, Grenada.

Lorenzen Awarded ACA's Ledford Scholarship

Sewanee student and Psychology major, Margaret Lorenzen is among the 2022 Appalachian College Association Scholars.

Psych Sessions Podcast

In this episode, "Insightful, Appreciative, Service-Oriented, and Authentic", Jordan Troisi talks about his Michigan-based origin story, including his undergraduate experiences at Albion College and the importance of mentoring. Troisi is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the South, Sewanee.

Living Life Well

Katherine Nelson-Coffey is an assistant professor of psychology at Sewanee. Her research focuses on what leads people to live happy and fulfilling lives. To this end, she examines how simple behaviors, as well as family life, influence health and well-being. Check out some of her articles in Psychology Today.

Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds

Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds is an after-school program that aims to promote children’s physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing. The program focuses on creating and implementing goals to advance children’s understanding of the importance of healthy eating habits and regular exercise.

Journal of Sewanee Science

Part journal, part newsletter, the Journal of Sewanee Science highlights all the exciting work that science students are doing in Sewanee. The disciplines covered are biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, forestry, geology, and environmental studies. JoSS is published once each semester and covers traditional research projects, review articles, highlights from Sewanee alumni in graduate school, news, hot topics in science, and more.

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study & Related Courses

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Psychology

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Neuroscience | Website

Resources for Psychology Comps 2020 Guidelines & Questions

Meet some Professors


Karen Yu
Professor of Psychology, Chair of Psychology 


Woods Lab 321, Ext. 1920