Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Psychologists use theory and research to observe, describe, analyze, and predict behavior in a variety of settings. Psychology is a multi-faceted field that connects topics such as human development, human relationships, social influence, mental and physical health, and cognitive abilities together. There are links between psychology and many other fields of study, including sociology, biology, anthropology, economics, education, philosophy, social work, and even computer science. Students in psychology are trained to better understand human behavior through research, critical thinking, and discussion.
Many psychologists work as mental health treatment providers, while others work in basic research, and still others work within the legal system or in business settings. Some examples of jobs people with a bachelor’s degree in psychology can pursue include case management and human resource management. There are many more career opportunities for individuals who pursue an advanced degree beyond the bachelor’s degree, such as a master’s degree in counseling, or psychology or social work. Students who earn a Ph.D. in psychology have the most flexible career options, and work in both clinical, teaching and research settings.
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Psychology Program Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to articulate the main theories in psychology, and apply these theories as explanations for behavior and mental processes.
Students will be able to interpret and analyze data from scholarly and popular sources, fostering critical thinking and enabling the ability to use relevant data for decision-making and forming written and verbal arguments.
Students will demonstrate understanding that behavior and mental processes have multiple causes, including the influence of culture.
Students will transfer knowledge of psychological phenomena to personal applications in their lives. Students who take a course in psychology will be familiar with the diversity of career paths in psychology.
Students communicate what they have learned using terminology and style appropriate for the behavioral and social sciences.
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