The psychology major prepares students for life-long learning, critical thinking and effective action in the field and helps them develop a wide range of career options and skills that emerge from a broad and comprehensive grounding in psychology as the science of human behavior. An important feature of the program is personal reflection and application of new psychological knowledge and insights to new contexts. Given the scope, intensity and rapidity of social, cultural and technological changes in our world, the need to increase our understanding of the widest possible range of human experience and behavior has never been greater or more critical.
Specific skills gained and learning outcomes within the Psychology Program with Family Studies concentration include:
- Fundamental understanding of the historical development and methodologies of psychology with Family Studies concentration
- Understanding and basic knowledge of major psychological theories, concepts and processes
- Understanding learning theory and cognition, personality, motivation and group theories
- Understand a variety of perspectives regarding mental health, psychopathology, maladaptive behaviors and psychotherapy
- Understand the roles of cultural, social and historical forces in shaping behavior
- Understanding and basic knowledge of major theories, concepts and processes relating to working with families
- Understanding of a variety of perspectives regarding mental health, social and cultural influences, and economic impacts on families
Careers and Further Study
Our graduates are well positioned to enter graduate studies in psychology, counseling, social work and related fields, human services, psychology, counseling, social work and related fields.
The health and human service industry has been identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an area of increasing growth in the 21st century. Students concentrating in Family Studies may find themselves working and leading in a variety of settings — with adolescents in residential programs or with the elderly in nursing homes, in the community or in health centers, as program directors, as case managers or outreach workers. They work in prevention or in treatment, in after-school programs or criminal justice programs.