Understanding the Mind
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
What is Psychology?
Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. Psychology has the immediate goal of
understanding individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases (American Psychological Association).
Psychologists explore concepts such as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, motivation, personality, behavior, and interpersonal relationships.
As a discipline, Psychology is a social and behavioral science, which means you will take courses in research design, data analysis, and theory. This scientific background will help you understand how research, theory, and practice are related, and how you can apply this information to your work with the community, families, and individuals. You will also take courses in:
- History and Systems of Psychology - the development and evolution of Psychology as a discipline.
- Abnormal Psychology - the study of aberrant patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior.
- Cognitive Psychology - the study of mental processes including how people think, perceive, remember, and learn.
- Development Psychology - the study of the changes that people go through as they age.
- Biological Bases of Behavior - the study of behavior and mental processes that result from activities in the body's nervous system and other physiological systems.
- Applied and Sociocultural Psychology - the exploration of how Psychology affects and can be applied in social and cultural development.
The majority of graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology work in the Social Services and Mental Health Care Fields:
- Local/Regional Case Manager
- Career Counselor
- Rehabilitation Specialist
- Psychiatric Technician
- House Parent or Youth Specialist (Youth Villages)