Psychology explores the complex reasons for why people do what they do. Psychology majors develop a sensitivity for these reasons behind human behavior, as well as an appreciation for different approaches and points of view. They are taught to understand how clinical and laboratory methods supplement each other while they develop rigorous habits of observation. They also learn how to avoid the simple explanation and recognize the role of multiple causes in the determination of human behavior.
Topics of study include Mass Media, Environmental Psychology, Psychology of Language, Sex and Gender and Psychology of African Americans, among others. Students also have the opportunity to design an independent study or participate in an internship tailored to their personal interests.
Students learn through analytical writing, research and hands-on projects, which provide skills that translate well into careers and graduate study. Recent graduates have jobs in mental health, education, research and administration. Others have entered graduate school in Psychology or social work or have thrived by taking creative alternative career routes in environmental routes, including environmental studies, writing and politics.