College of Arts and Sciences
About the Department of Psychology
The Department of Psychology offers a major in psychology leading to the B.A. degree and the B.S. degree, a major in psychology with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies leading to the B.A. degree, a Masters in Clinical Counseling to help prepare students for work in Addictions Counseling, and provides course work for undergraduates who want to satisfy distribution requirements. As a science, psychology seeks to understand the basic principles by which living organisms adapt their behavior to the changing physical and social environments in which they live. The breadth of the discipline, with its links to the humanities, mathematics, and other social and natural sciences, encourages the development of broad problem- solving skills through exposure to experimental methodology and statistical analysis, and contributes to personal growth and the development of communication skills. Psychological knowledge, techniques, and skills obtained in the B.A. and B.S. programs are applied in many careers and provide background for students entering graduate work in psychology and related areas, as well as the professions of medicine, dentistry, law, and business.
Career opportunities for psychology majors at the bachelor's degree level exist in mental health clinics, social welfare agencies, government, personnel departments, and business and industry. A wider range of professional opportunities is open to those who complete master's or doctoral degrees. It is strongly recommended that prospective majors discuss their career objectives with a member of the Department of Psychology early so that appropriate course planning can be accomplished.
The Department of Psychology maintains a chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. With both academic and social interests, the chapter sponsors speakers, workshops, films, and field trips. Students interested in joining should contact the department chairperson.