Psychology is a broad discipline that employs the methods of scientific inquiry as it observes, describes and explores the brain's role in emotion, thought and behavior. Students in the psychology program are called upon to think critically and creatively as they examine how organisms adapt to their surroundings through biological, social, emotional, perceptual and cognitive capacities. Students learn to become clear communicators, attentive listeners and dynamic and sensitive problem solvers.
An undergraduate degree in psychology will prepare students for careers in human services as well as for graduate school programs in psychology, counseling, social work or law.
Students who major in psychology will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with 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
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
- Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues
- Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline