Psychology is the scientific study of individual human behavior and mental processes. As a discipline, psychology uses scientific research methodology to understand the physiological, cognitive, and social processes that influence behavior. Scientific research methods assist psychologists in evaluating behavioral data and solving human problems such as those associated with development over the life span, brain functioning, learning, memory, psychopathology, and personality.

Career Opportunities

    Psychologists study the human mind and human behavior. Research psychologists investigate the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behavior. Psychologists in applied fields provide mental health care in hospitals, clinics, schools, or private settings.

    Psychologists apply their knowledge to a wide range of endeavors, including health and human services, computer science, management, education, law, and sports. In addition to a variety of work settings, psychologists may specialize in a number of different areas. Clinical and counseling psychologists work in counseling centers, independent or group practices, hospitals, or clinics helping mentally and emotionally disturbed clients adjust to life, or helping medical and surgical patients deal with illnesses or injuries.

    Other fields in psychology include health, brain, counseling, school, and organizational and developmental psychology. Typically, a Master's degree or required to pursue a professional career.

    Employment may be found in clinics, social service agencies, business and industry, schools and universities, hospitals, corrections, human resources, and government services. Many psychologists are self-employed in private practice.


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The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.

Program Outcomes

  • The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
  • Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.