The Psychology Department engages students in the study of the many aspects of psychological life—individual, physical, interpersonal, ethical, social, and cultural – using reflective and empirical methods.
The faculty brings a broad range of perspectives and practical experience to their teaching. Grounded in the theory and practice of clinical work as well as in quantitative and qualitative research, they bring a range of perspectives to their teaching, including humanistic and phenomenological (systematic study of experienced meaning), depth psychology (interpreting the “hidden” aspects of personal life and their origin in childhood), social (how the world impacts our behavior), cognitive (the study of mental behavior), and biological (how our behavior is affected by our biology). The faculty also draws upon perspectives and material from other disciplines such as literature, philosophy, history, and other social sciences in their teaching.
Offerings include courses that are standard in any department (e.g., developmental, abnormal, and social) as well as courses that focus on important but often-neglected areas (e.g., gender, ecology, health, and multicultural). The core of the curriculum is a series of courses in research including Writing for Research and Statistics and Research Methods I and II.
We encourage students to explore the field of psychology by job shadowing and/or volunteering. Practicums are also available. Both are excellent ways to learn about different professions and different agencies efficiently.
The practicum offers on-site training with coursework for ambitious students who able to work independently. Typically, interns are upper-level students (juniors or seniors) with specific learning goals (e.g., to learn more about research, to learn more about a specific agency, etc.). The course can be taken for variable credit hours, for multiple quarters, for a letter grade, or for credit/no credit. A maximum of 10 credit hours of practicum can be earned. Learn more about the practicum here.