Psychology

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

Upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor of science degree in psychology, students will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of and be able to critically analyze the theoretical approaches, research findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • UNDERSTAND multiple research methods and statistical tools and be able to use them to design research and collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as proficiently write a research report using standard APA format.
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the multiple ways gender, culture, age, and sexual orientation affect psychological processes (e.g., perception, memory, learning, affect, social behavior, and development).
  • APPLY psychological theory and research to real-world problems and issues.

 

Helpful Websites:

LearnPsychology: explore degree programs, career paths, expert resources, and organizations across the country that actively hire today's students of the psyche.

American Psychology Association: the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.