The major course work is organized in a common structure for the baccalaureate curriculum: a required introductory course; three methodology courses; six advanced content courses; and the tutorial, the senior thesis. Common elements of the curriculum include active and collaborative learning, research projects, fieldwork, practice and community service, discussion of ethical issues and values, and courses and research methods that heighten the student’s understanding of diversity in human behavior.
Learning about psychology occurs in multiple settings: the classroom, internships, participation in psychology Psi Chi (the National Honor society for Psychology), and attendance and presentation of research at regional and national conferences. The program places a strong emphasis on effective student advising that goes beyond guidance in course selection and information about institutional procedures. The intent is to motivate students to explore and develop their values, interests, abilities, and career and life goals and to encourage students to consider post-baccalaureate educational possibilities, including graduate and professional school.
The psychology curriculum enables students to think scientifically about behavior and mental processes, to appreciate and respect others, and to pursue a variety of post-baccalaureate alternatives, including employment and graduate or professional school. This major is applicable to any career in which an understanding of human thought and behavior is central, including the health sciences, personnel/human resources, social work, introductory level counseling, interviewing, and data collection.