Bachelor of Arts: Psychology
What makes people tick? If you’ve ever wondered, maybe a career in psychology is right for you. Psychology is the scientific discipline concerned with studying behavior of both humans and animals. It is a broad discipline, spanning subject matter from biology to sociology.
Psychology focuses on understanding two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. As scientists looking to contribute solutions to problems, psychologists follow the scientific method through careful observation, experimentation and data analysis to develop intervention strategies–in other words, applying scientific principles, the hallmark of psychology.
Today, psychologists are increasingly concentrating on behaviors that affect the mental and emotional health and mental processes of healthy human beings. For example, they work with business executives, performers and athletes to combat stress and improve performance. They advise lawyers on jury selection and collaborate with educators on school reform. They show up immediately following a disaster such as a plane crash or bombing, to help victims and bystanders recover from the trauma or shock of the event
Our program provides you with a solid foundation in which you will build your critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, and apply these skills to psychology. You will develop an understanding of the different types of psychology and theories behind them.
General Course Information
The required courses in the major will provide you with a strong foundation in psychology. Courses such as development, statistics and research will acquaint you with the field, while preparing you for courses like social psychology, abnormal psychology and neuropsychology.
The electives in the psychology department will help you refine your interests and skills. Students wishing to pursue a career in the helping professions can take courses such as Group Dynamics and Leadership Skills, Community Psychology, and Behavior Assessment and Management. Students who wish to prepare for continued scholarly work in the psychological sciences will be encouraged to take classes like Cognitive Psychology, History and Systems and Cross-Cultural Psychology.
You will also choose a capstone experience from either an internship in psychology or senior seminar in psychology. Through the seminar you will discuss current topics in psychology, career planning and the role of psychology in today’s society.
CUC is surrounded by many excellent schools, major medical centers and social service agencies that gives our students the benefit of a wide range of experiences in the area of psychology. Our psychology program offers these resources extensively through guest lecturers from the area and as sites for field observation and internships, a highly recommended option for today’s students in all areas of study.