Fall 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to Mason Nation 2020. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University
Welcome to Mason Nation 2020. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Safe return to campus

A warm welcome to the Fall 2020 Newsletter, it has been a long and interesting year. However, that has not stopped the Psychology department from thriving and working to make all of our students' experiences just as special and meaningful as in person. Did you know that even though we are in a challenging time, we are still one of the largest majors on campus? This semester alone, we added more than 978 new undergraduate students to the major, both BA and BS students. The fall issue this semester brings exciting updates on new classes, celebrations, farewells, but most importantly new and exciting opportunities and changes in the Psychology Department! Some of these new changes include welcoming a new HFAC faculty member, the success of some graduate students, and one inspiring undergraduate, workshops, and more!

To start, the psychology program was ranked number 23 nationally and 47th in the country on Times Higher Education: World University Rankings. According to Ann Ardis in the article written by Damian Cristodero, “It’s exciting to see this kind of international recognition for our Psychology Department,” said Ann Ardis, dean of Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Psychology is one of Mason’s 10 most popular undergraduate majors, and the department rightfully takes great pride in the faculty’s translational research strengths. But it is equally proud of the top-notch education it provides to undergraduates, as well as graduate students and post-docs.” To read the full article, click here. Even though we are in challenging times, we are still one of the largest majors on campus? This semester alone, we added more than 978 new undergraduate students to the major, both BA and BS students. The fall issue this semester brings exciting updates on new classes, celebrations, farewells, but most importantly new and exciting opportunities and changes in the Psychology Department! Some of these new changes include welcoming a new HFAC faculty member, the success of some graduate students, and one inspiring undergraduate, workshops, and more!  

Being digital makes it harder to connect with your cohorts, we get that. Make it one of your goals this semester to connect with your fellow Psychology majors, both in the classroom and beyond. Whether it’s joining the Psychology Club, volunteering in a faculty research lab, applying for the Honors Program in Psychology, or joining us for a virtual Brown Bag Lecture, reach out and make the most of your time as an undergraduate student in the department. We’re happy that you’re here and are looking forward to helping you feel at home at Mason.

There are great opportunities for students and alumni to get involved, build professional development skills, and put them into practice to establish a career. Specific examples include Forensic Psychology workshops, the new Hire Mason program called "Handshake", and keeping up to date with the Career Blog.


We hope you enjoy learning about all of the activities going on around campus and we are always excited to hear any news you have to share!

Are you an Alumni? Stay connected to us by filling out our new “Where are they now?” survey on the “Alumni” tab of our department website under “connect with us”. We want to hear from our alumni about how you are doing, your successes, and any achievements you have accomplished since graduation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter