Psychology Department

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The Department of Psychology at the College of William and Mary offered its first courses in 1888, after the reorganization of the College. The courses were taught under the Department of Moral Science, Political Economy, and Civil Government.At this time, President Tyler taught the course, in which he alternated his lectures between psychology and civil government.(Henneman)

According to the 1942-1943 College Catalog philosophy and psychology were one department under Professor James Wilkinson Miller. The next catalog in the University Archives is for 1944-1945 when psychology and philosophy are separate departments. Professor Miller is still the head of philosophy, while Professor Edgar Maria Foltin was the head of psychology.


  • Catalogs
  • Richard Hubard Henneman, "Psychology at William and Mary," Alumni Gazette 8.4 (1941): 8-9, 25-28. University Archives Subject File, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.