The BA in psychology provides a broad understanding and appreciation of the field of psychology as a multifaceted discipline with both scientific and humanistic aspects. In addition to the mastery of specific course content, the program seeks to develop the student's ability to think critically about issues in the field. Moreover, the program is designed to help students: (1) integrate their knowledge of psychology with concepts and research from related disciplines, and (2) discover opportunities for application of knowledge in psychology to the solution of human problems. The program serves as preparation for graduate study in psychology or in such areas as law, social work, and public administration. In addition, the program prepares students for entry into bachelor's level careers.
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Psychology is the study of mental activities and behaviors that can be applied to the betterment of a wide range of other disciplines. The minor program in psychology is designed to allow students to explore critical topics and ideas in psychology in an easily adaptable format. With hundreds of course offerings each year in more than 60 subject areas and sub-disciplines of the field, students have the capacity to select areas of interest and explore them deeply. In addition, the program seeks to develop the student's ability to think critically about concepts and research in psychology and its application to the solution of human problems.
This minor is an 18-credit program that prepares students for careers in social science research in various industries like social advocacy organizations, local government agencies, scientific consulting services, grantmaking services, and professional organizations. Students enrolled in the program learn the various tasks and responsibilities of research assistants in behavioral and social science: (1) Data collection (through observations, interviews, surveys); (2) Data management, data entry, and data cleaning; (3) Assistance with preparation of research reports, manuscripts and presentations; (4) Preparation of tables, graphs, fact sheets and executive summary of research findings; (5) Descriptive and inferential analyses of data using computer software; (6) Coding and discourse analysis of qualitative data using computer software.
The program consists of 4 required courses and two elective courses that can be completed over the course of 12 months.
The Certificate in Behavioral and Social Science Research Skills is a 12-credit program that prepares students for careers in social science research in various industries like social advocacy organizations, local government agencies, scientific consulting services, grantmaking services, and professional organizations. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform various tasks and responsibilities in behavioral and social science research, such as data collection, data management, data analysis, and report writing. The certificate is designed for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students who are pursuing research careers in behavioral and social science.
The master's program in clinical and counseling psychology prepares students for the professional practice of counseling, assessment, and/or mental health research. The curriculum provides a solid grounding in both theories and interventions that can be applied to a wide variety of mental health, academic, and research settings. We emphasize professional competency, ethical responsibility, cultural competency, self-awareness, and current body of knowledge in the scientific, methodological and theoretical foundations of practice. Our program expects students to become compassionate and caring scientist-practitioners with motivation to continue learning and furthering their development throughout their professional careers. The program requires the student to submit either a comprehensive master's project (in which he or she presents a clinical project in writing and integrates relevant empirical, theoretical, social, ethical, cultural, diagnostic, and therapeutic issues in the discussion) or a research project that makes an original contribution to the literature. Learn more »
The doctoral program (PsyD) in clinical psychology is a practitioner-scholar oriented program that provides a direct route for students who hold a bachelor's degree in psychology to pursue advanced studies and obtain a master's in clinical and counseling psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology. When a student enrolls in the PsyD program, he or she will study in a small community of peers and mentors, and will have the opportunity to get training in empirically based treatments and interventions taught by outstanding faculty with diverse interests in both clinical practice and research. The program offers individualized attention and state-of-the-art facilities in our Science Complex, which has clinical, teaching, and research facilities, in addition to a new psychology clinical training suite that features recording and monitoring capabilities. A dedicated graduate student study suite is available for work and study and for developing a sense of community. Learn more »
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