B.A. in Psychology
Many of today’s most pressing social problems relate directly to problems in behavior. Violence (at home or on the street), drug addiction and poor interpersonal relationships are just some examples of the types of issues explored in the field of psychology. Psychologists strive first to describe, understand and explain behavioral problems and also to contribute solutions to such problems, through careful collection of data, analysis of data, and development of intervention strategies.
The 128-credit B.A. in Psychology provides students with a broad understanding of the principles that explain human behavior and interaction. In addition to learning the latest science and theory regarding human and nonhuman animal behavior, students in the program gain the vital skills and experience employers seek. These skills include research and writing skills, problem solving skills, and, well-developed, higher-level thinking ability as evidenced in analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information.
In addition to working directly in psychology-related fields such as counseling and teaching, our students and graduates find jobs in such varied areas as public affairs, education, business, sales, service industries, health, the biological sciences and computer programming. They also work as employment counselors, correction counselor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, probation officers and writers.
About the Field of Psychology
Psychology is a broad discipline, encompassing subjects that range from biology to sociology. Biology studies the structures and functions of living organisms. Sociology examines how groups function in society. Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships in these fields; particularly, the relationships between brain function and behavior and between the environment and behavior. Psychologists employ scientific methods, including careful observation, experimentation and analysis, to develop and test theories through research.
Psychology has many subfields, including clinical, counseling, cognitive and perceptual, developmental, educational, experimental, evolutionary, and engineering psychology. Other subfields include forensic psychology, neuropsychology, industrial/organizational psychology, quantitative and measurement analysis, rehabilitation and social psychology.
Learn more about psychology and its many subfields and career opportunities by visiting the website for the American Psychological Association at http://apa.org/.