At UNL’s Department of Psychology, we study human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the psychological, social, and biological processes related to behavior. Our more than 120-year history of leadership and innovation in research, teaching, and service has made us one of the country’s strongest psychology programs and the oldest west of the Mississippi River.

We pioneered one of the world’s first undergraduate programs and its longest-running psychology symposium. We also created one of the country’s first APA-accredited clinical graduate programs and law-psychology programs.

We’re proud to be home to more than 1,000 undergraduate majors and minors, as well as graduate students in the following programs: Clinical; Social & Cognitive; Developmental; Law-Psychology; and Neuroscience & Behavior.

We feature award-winning faculty and compelling, groundbreaking research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Our students go on to excel in professional careers in fields such as psychology, social work, medicine, law, business and public administration, as well as in graduate or professional school.

If you’re interested in helping people, positioning yourself for a rewarding career, and being part of cutting-edge research, contact the Psychology Major Advisors about becoming a psychology major at UNL.

Statements on past events

We support and stand in solidarity with our colleague, Jennine Capó-Crucet, an incredible author and educator. She represents the best that our university has to offer. Her work elevates marginalized voices and invites us to question privilege in academia and beyond. As educators, we are disheartened to see the response to her recent event. Book burning has no place in these conversations, especially in light of its strong historical associations with white-supremacy. The lingering effects of this kind of history are the exact reason her work is so vital. We are proud to work alongside her and have the opportunity to learn from her.

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Given the recent events on campus, the Department of Psychology at UNL reaffirms its commitment to diversity and inclusivity. We strive to be a department where all feel safe and welcome in all of our research, teaching, and service endeavors. As our history teaches us, diversity improves our science and our science confirms the indispensability of diversity. – On behalf of the Sarata Diversity Enhancement Committee and Rick Bevins, Chair of the Department of Psychology.

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The University of Nebraska core beliefs on diversity and inclusion say that “True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and acceptance. Our commitment requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions be respectful, protect free speech and inspire academic freedom.” The Department unequivocally supports and advances these core values—including, importantly, affirming diversity, pursuing social justice, expressing freedom of speech, fostering a sense of belonging, and instilling a desire for civic engagement.

Rick Bevins, Chair

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