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 learning outcomes of the Psychology degree with Juvenile Justice concentration include:
- Fundamental understanding of the historical development of concepts and methodologies of psychology
- Understanding and basic knowledge of major psychological theories, concepts and processes of adolescent behavior
- 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
- An understanding of the complex factors that contribute to adolescent behavior, its impact, and societal responses.
- Developing skills in vital areas such as suicide assessment, crisis intervention, and family mediation.
- Gaining skills to address youth issues in the context of government agencies and community organizationns.
- Detailed understanding of current practices and research on successful treatment models
Careers and Further Study
Our graduates are well positioned to enter graduate studies in psychology, counseling, social work and related fields.Students may go on to graduate study in juvenile justice, criminal justice, forensic psychology, youth development and advocacy, family studies, addiction studies, and counseling. Career possibilities include clinical, educational, human service and management settings, and research juvenile residential and community-based programs, state and private non-profit agencies, probation departments, violence prevention, child protection and youth advocacy.