The Psychology major augments the general liberal arts education and provides the basis for graduate training and careers in mental health, community development, education, research and industry. The Psychology curriculum acquaints students with scientific methods and studies and with theoretical foundations in the subfields of psychology (experimental, developmental, community, organizational, social, personality, clinical). It also emphasizes the applications of psychological knowledge and skills in many areas of human functioning. Students are encouraged to become involved in University and community programs and in supervised independent research.
Requirements of the Major
Students who graduate with a degree in Psychology will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Demonstrate information literacy and the ability to use critical and creative thinking in seeking and evaluating information about behavior and mental processes.
- Apply psychological principles to individual, social, and organizational issues and to act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of formats, both oral and written.
- Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
- Have accurate information about how to use their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in further graduate study and in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.