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Psychology Linda Lin, Ph.D. Chair Psychology is a rich and varied discipline. Dedicated to the scientific study of the complexity and diversity of the mind and behavior, psychology covers a broad area of study, including cognition, memory, motivation, interpersonal relationships, personality, psychological disturbance and psychotherapy.
The psychology department offers a B.A. degree in psychology with three concentrations, which help to guide students’ coursework in an area that helps them to meet their academic and professional goals. Developmental psychology is a program that concentrates on developmental psychology through the human life span. Counseling and health psychology concentrates on interviewing skills and modern research on coping and dealing with stress and other health-oriented issues.
The early core courses in psychology provide the scientific background for later courses that build upon students’ knowledge base, capacity to analyze and criticalthinking skills. Upper-level courses allow students to explore more deeply specific areas in scientific psychology and further develop critical sophistication through directed research, exposure to psychological literature and senior internships.
Learning Goals and Outcomes The psychology department’s Learning Goals are based in the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs, a report put out by the American Psychological Association, which “recognizes the importance of undergraduate education in advancing psychology as a science, promoting human welfare, and fostering students’ growth and development,” (APA.org). Each goal is broadly articulated, with the recognition that the content, depth, and breadth of the course are dependent upon a number of factors (e.g., 1000–4000level). 1. Knowledge and Critical Engagement in Psychology: Students will understand and can apply the major concepts, theoretical perspectives (biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and social), empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, as well as the APA Code of Ethics. 2012-2013 Academic Catalog
Programs of Study for Liberal Arts and Sciences
Psychology majors receive a broad liberal arts education as well as training in the specialized knowledge and skills of psychology. This training can be applied in a wide variety of work settings, such as with children and the elderly, or in institutional and mental health facilities. Emmanuel graduates have continued their education at the master’s and doctoral level in psychology, social work, health care and other professional fields. Some graduates work in human resources, personnel and related careers in business and academia. Graduates have also been involved in research, in college teaching, and in human services within a variety of institutions and agencies and within a broad range of clinical settings.
The neuroscience concentration is the result of a collaboration between the psychology and biology departments. This program of study is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the psychological, biological and chemical sciences.