WHY MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE?
People major in psychology for various reasons. Many wish to continue their studies in graduate or professional schools of psychology. Others may enroll in non- psychology professional programs such as law, education or social work. Still others study psychology to gain an understanding of people, for later use in management, teaching or other business-related careers. Many students enter directly into psychology- related positions in such areas as rehabilitation or human services. Finally, psychology provides a vehicle for personal development and one avenue for pursuing a liberal arts education. Whatever one's reasons for choosing this major, the study of psychology will broaden one's knowledge of people and their behavior and teach one how to study behavior in a scientific way.
Students completing the BA in Psychology will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of psychology.
2. Demonstrate analytic and critical thinking skills, design and conduct valid research (e.g. understand and develop appropriate research design and data analyses).
3. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills (e.g. search and summarize scholarly literature).
4. Examine theories, philosophies, research, and cultures from diverse standpoints, including those that do not represent "mainstream" western perspectives.
5. Understand and abide by the ethical principles of the field, be analytical about themselves and empathetic toward others and be motivated to serve their community and be positive role models.
BECOMING A PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE MAJOR
To become a psychology major, you need to go to the Registrar's Office, 115 Davidson (Administration) Building, and complete a Declaration of Major form. It will need to be signed by the Psychology Department Chair. Bring it to the Psychology Department Office (211 MW), where the form will be signed and you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist you in planning your academic program.