Psychology is defined as the science of behavior and conscious experience. Its domain ranges from the natural to the social sciences and includes such diverse topics as brain function, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, development, personality, and social behavior. At the undergraduate level, the major emphasizes the role of the liberal arts in higher education and personal development.
Beyond the general education goals, psychology students learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills by developing competence in the methods of scientific research, psychometric principles, and data analysis. They integrate and apply the theories and knowledge base from the various domains of psychology and develop a well-rounded view of psychology and its importance in understanding behavior. Psychology promotes an appreciation for individual and cultural differences, as well as ethical principles in decision-making. The study of psychology increases understanding of self and others and enables individuals to make informed judgments that strengthen community and public policy.
Specifically, the objectives of the undergraduate program are to facilitate student development of (1) basic knowledge of the major and careers in psychology, (2) psychological knowledge, (3) skills in psychological science and critical thinking, (4) effective communication, and (5) appreciation for individual differences, cultural context, and multiculturalism.
Some marketable skills that a student with a major in Psychology receives are
- The ability to interpret/explain psychological research
- An understanding of human development/behavior
- The ability to observe and analyze
- The ability to organize and interpret data
- The ability to mediate/negotiate
- The ability to make decisions
- and a proficiency in interpersonal communication
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