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Psychology majors at Northeastern University create paths specific to their interests while obtaining a strong foundation in research and practice through a flexible curriculum and many experiential opportunities.

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The Department of Psychology offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate level and a Ph.D. program at the graduate level. Our programs provide insight into the interdisciplinary study of mind, brain, and behavior, with broad applications to such fields as health and medicine, education, business, public and social services, and law.


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A child illuminates hundreds of shoes at a memorial for those killed by Hurricane Maria, in front of the Puerto Rico Capitol, in San Juan, Friday, June 1, 2018. Puerto Rico's Institute of Statistics announced that it has sued the U.S. territory's health department and demographic registry seeking to obtain data on the number of deaths following Hurricane Maria as a growing number of critics accuse the government of lacking transparency. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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