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 the Medical Interpreter concentration include:
- Fundamental understanding of the hisotrical development and methodologies of psychology
- 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
Students will learn how to meet the communication needs of patients/clients and providers. They will:
• Become fluent in the bilingual terminology of human anatomy and the medical/health field.
• Increase their fluency in English.
• Develop cross-cultural communication and interpreting skills.
• Provide effective interpretation in medical/health settings.
Careers and Further Study
Our graduates are well positioned to enter graduate studies in psychology, counseling, social work and related fields. They get jobs as medical interpreters in hospitals, clinics, medical practices, and interpreter agencies. For some, this is their career goal. For others, interpreting is a good transition into other medical careers. They may become more familiar with the American medical community and network within it, improve their English, and get further medical education and credentials.