How do our minds make sense of the world around us? How do our personalities develop and change over time? How do people change their behavior when in groups?These are some of the fascinating questions that psychologists get to explore.

The major in psychology is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Students majoring in psychology are introduced to a spectrum of psychological theories, experiments and problems within the context of a liberal arts college. Although there is considerable breadth in the Department of Psychology’s course offerings, an orientation embracing both research and application is emphasized. Psychology majors having earned their Bachelor’s degrees are prepared for many different endeavors. For example, they may pursue further study at the graduate level; become involved with the work of counseling centers, elementary and secondary schools, or youth authority facilities; earn a credential in early childhood education and/or in special education; or pursue a career in human resource management. Psychology is also an excellent preparation for careers in law, medicine or business. 

Learning Outcomes

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology;

  • ENGAGE in informed, critical, intellectual discussion about human behavior;

  • USE research methods and statistical tools to design research; collect, analyze, and interpret data; understand the limitations of these tools and methods; interpret empirical research; demonstrate information competence through use of key databases; and write research reports using APA format;

  • USE skeptical inquiry and critical thinking skills when analyzing peer-reviewed articles and articles in the popular press;

  • DEMONSTRATE understanding of the ways gender, culture, age, and sexual orientation affect psychological processes (i.e., perception, memory, learning, affect, social behavior, and development);

  • USE computer simulations and anatomical dissections to demonstrate the role of biology and neurology in perception, learning, memory, language and neurological and biological pathologies.

  • APPLY psychological theory and research to issues in your career, personal life and problems of social justice in the world around you.