Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics
The division provides students with intensive concentration in philosophy, religion, psychology, and linguistics. Students are also encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary work.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Political Science and Religion
Watch the highlights of faculty office hours as Peter Steinberger, Professor of Political Science and Humanities, and Kristin Scheible, Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities, talk about the political science and the religion majors at Reed.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Linguistics
Watch highlights of faculty office hours as Matt Pearson, Professor of Linguistics and Reed alum, talks about the linguistics department at Reed.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Psychology
Join Professors of Psychology, Jennifer Henderlong Corpus and Enriqueta Canseco-Gonzalez in their virtual office hours as they break down the major at Reed, discuss their areas of research, and answer your questions about the departments.
GLAM and Religion Roundtable Highlights
Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and their areas of research. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 28, 2020.
Psychology Department Roundtable
Part informational interview, part casual conversation department roundtable discussions are an opportunity to meet multiple professors from one major, hosted by an admission staff moderator. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 16, 2020.
Linguistics Faculty Office Hours
Join Reed faculty in their virtual office hours as they break down the major at Reed, discuss their areas of research, and answer your questions about their departments. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 13, 2020.
Psychology and Mathematics Faculty Office Hour Highlights
Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and faculty areas of research. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 7, 2020.
Past Virtual Class Visits
PHILOSOPHY: Junior Seminar
Th 1:40pm - 3:00pm
An intensive study of selected philosophical problems or works. For 2020–21, the course focus is on the mind-body problem.
T 10:25am - 11:45am
This course is a study of the central topics and problems of metaphysics, including the mind-body problem, free will and determinism, persistence and change, and the natures of particulars, properties, time, space modality, causality, identity, and persons.
RELIGION/CRES: Erasure and Location of Muslims in “Western” Humanities II
M/W/F 1:35pm - 2:25pm
It explores the historical entanglements of Muslims with other religious communities in relation to the construction of the idea of “Western civilization” in the modern era.
RELIGION: Semantics of Love in Sufism
T/Th 10:25am - 11:45am
In this course we will explore the ideas and practices semantically associated with love in the Sufi tradition and analyze the ways in which these ideas and practices have both shaped and been shaped by individual lives, religious institutions, and sociocultural contexts.
PSYCHOLOGY: Developmental Psychology
T/Th 8:45am - 10:10am
An examination of theory and research on psychological development through the lifespan focusing primarily on cognitive and social growth in the childhood years.
PSYCHOLOGY: Language and Thought
M/W 1:25pm - 2:45pm
An examination of theory and research on the relation between language and cognitive processes.
PSYCHOLOGY: Motivation in Educational Contexts
T/Th 1:35pm - 3:00pm
An overview of theory and research on motivation as it applies to educational contexts, focusing primarily on school-aged children.
PSYCHOLOGY: Neuroscience of Consciousness
T/Th 12:00pm - 1:20pm
This course offers an introduction to the scientific study of consciousness by examining the neural basis of perception, action, and various states of consciousness.
PSYCHOLOGY: Research Design and Data Analysis
M/W/F11:10am - 12:00pm
This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts, logic, and methods of research design and data analysis used in psychological research.
PSYCHOLOGY: Social Cognition
M/W 3:00pm - 4:15pm
This course explores the subfield of social cognition, addressing research on how people encode, process, and apply social information when making judgments and decisions.
LINGUISTICS: Introductory Syntax
M/W 3:00pm - 4:20pm
The goal of syntax is to characterize the (largely unconscious) knowledge that enables speakers of a language to combine words into larger units such as phrases and sentences, and to “parse” (i.e., assign an abstract representation to) the phrases and sentences that they read and hear.
LINGUISTICS: Linguistic Field Methods
W 6:10pm - 9:00pm
Through the empirical study of a non-European language, using native-speaking informants, the course explores the aims and techniques of linguistic fieldwork.
M/W 1:25pm - 2:45pm