The Psychology program takes an empirical approach to exploring how mental processes work and why humans behave as they do. Psychology majors learn to investigate psychological questions creatively and scientifically.
Psychology Department Spotlight
Nora Tidey ’18
“Law can be a powerful vehicle for achieving social justice.”
At Gettysburg College, pursuing your passions can open doors for your future. Majoring in psychology may not seem like the typical path for a law student, but for Nora Tidey ’18 it was the right decision. She discovered a passion for psychology after her first year and knew she wanted to study law after Gettysburg.
“My psychology background has given me a unique perspective in law school. You don’t need to limit your options in undergrad—there is no standard pre-law curriculum,” she said.
Tidey’s hard work and dedication earned her two full-tuition merit scholarships to law school, one being from Temple University, which was her top choice.
“My psychology education in particular prepared me with research, writing, and active reading skills that I use every day in law school,” she said.
Beyond the classroom, working with her professors on research and serving as a Residence Assistant and Peer Learning Associate taught her about collaboration and effective communication, all necessary skills in her career path.
Now in her first year at Temple University, Tidey is drawn to specializing in family law. “When people are in a vulnerable position, it’s important they have effective advocates to help them through the rigors of legal proceedings. Law can be a powerful vehicle for achieving social justice, which is what enticed me to pursue it.”