The Department of Psychology offers a program that provides students with opportunities for personal and intellectual development, preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities with a bachelor’s degree, and the necessary prerequisites for graduate education in psychology or for professional training in related fields such as law, medicine, business, management, education, or social work.
Courses in the psychology curriculum give students a strong background in both the scientific and applied areas of the field. All majors complete the introductory course in psychology and a course on careers in psychology. A two semester research sequence follows which emphasizes statistics, research methodology, and experimental psychology. Students then select courses concerning the foundations of behavior and advanced topics in psychology. Upper division electives in the major furnish students with additional background in an area of interest related to the discipline. The Senior Capstone Experience provides closure to a student’s undergraduate education.
Learning experiences in the classroom and laboratory are the foundation from which students can extend their undergraduate education in psychology to a variety of settings, such as practicum experiences in community-based agencies, collaboration on research with psychology faculty members, and individualized directed studies on topics of particular interest to students. In addition, extracurricular activities sponsored by Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology) and the Psychology Club provide avenues for enhancing an individual’s personal growth and identity as a psychology major.