Psychology Psychology

This program focuses on psychological theory, research, and practice, with an emphasis on its application in a Danish and European context.



This program is right for you if you are interested in psychology, social policy, neuroscience, or human development.


>> Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness, plus Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness Research Lab
What is consciousness and which brain mechanisms shape the unique sense of self, implicit in all our thoughts and perceptions? Concepts and methods will be explored through the lenses of psychology, as well as behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

>> Cross-Cultural Psychology
Through psychological research, theory, and methods, examine how culture influences human behavior and experience, and explore its influence on social relations, family processes, and experience of self. Implications for clinical practice will also be considered.

>> European Clinical Psychology
Study clinical psychology with a focus on the way we approach the discipline within a European context, covering cultural and ethical issues, and different psychotherapeutic schools.

>> Positive Psychology
Through theory, research, and application, you will critically examine the psychology of well-being with both its possibilities and limitations, focusing on topics such as positive emotions, character strengths, flow, flourishing, mindfulness, and post-traumatic growth.


DIS has over 200 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have the opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to psychology.

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Elective Opportunities in Behavioral Neuroscience

If you are interested in the interplay between neuroscience and psychology, courses in behavioral neuroscience will allow you to explore the biological bases of behavior, emotion, and cognition. You will explore how psychological processes can be linked to the nervous system and other bodily processes through both normal and pathological perspectives. DIS offers you the following elective courses related to this dynamic topic:

Neuroplasticity: From Neuron to Behavior
Neuroscience of Human Consciousness: The Feeling of Being
The Social Brain: Neuropsychology of Social Behaviors

On short study tour we took part in a workshop with a psychologist who treated us to an interactive seminar on creativity, resilience, and positive well-being - by using Lego. How appropriate as Denmark is the birthplace of Lego!

We built models that visually depicted ourselves. It was truly an eye-opening and inspirational exercise; it was so humanizing to display my feelings and emotions with such simplistic tools, and the exercise really facilitated meaningful discussion amongst our small group.

Jordan Thomas Connecticut College

DIS by far exceeded my expectations; it was the most incredible semester of college. My favorite part was my core class. The professors in the Psychology program were incredible; so passionate, insightful and keen to teach us everything they knew. I now have greater knowledge of how positive thinking and optimism can enrich our lives. The study tours were fantastic, allowing us to explore benefits of positive thinking, mindfulness and mental health initiatives.

Charlotte Davis Connecticut College
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