Psychology, Health, and Community

Dive into the studies of psychology, health, communities, and wellness. 

Human health and well-being are shaped by every level of individual and community interaction. On this Path you’ll explore behavior and consciousness, learn how people are shaped by societal influences, learn integrative health practices, gain tools for community engagement and change, and question what it means to be “normal.”

Through a social justice lens, you’ll study how oppression can shape mental and physical well-being and learn how change can happen in our society. With a tight-knit learning community, you’ll learn what it takes to promote individual and public health while thinking critically about some of the biggest issues of our times.

Fields of study

Programs on this Path focus on diverse approaches to psychology and health. You’ll explore how biology, personal experiences, medical systems, and culture influence the health and resilience of our communities.

Subjects you can study on this Path include:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Community studies
  • Disability studies
  • Ethnic studies
  • Gender studies
  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Sexuality and queer studies
  • Sociology

Gain skills in:  

  • Analytical assessment
  • Critical analysis  
  • Cultural competence
  • Experiential inquiry  
  • Expressive arts therapy 
  • Research and writing 
  • Self-reflection  
  • Somatic studies  
  • Systems thinking

Highlights of this Path

Comprehensive health studies

An integrative view of health is crucial for doctors, nurses, social workers, and therapists. Programs on this Path will show you to think critically about all aspects of our individual and collective well-being. From cultural competency to modern scientific methods, the skills you’ll gain will prepare you for a future in the field.

Build real skills for your future

This Path will equip you for careers in healthcare, education, and the social sciences. Equipped with an understanding of how people are affected mentally and physically by our complex society, you’ll prepare for a range of careers with confidence by working closely with expert faculty and doing meaningful work while you earn your degree.

Psychology, social justice, and community empowerment

Evergreen has countless ways to help you show up for social justice in the real world. From student-run clubs to service centers that can help you find internships or jobs, you’ll connect with other people who are passionate about making the world a more just place.

Some of our service centers include:

Prepare for a changing world

The world of psychology and health is changing to meet the needs of a rapidly transforming world. On this Path you’ll learn how health professionals are adapting to these transformations in a variety of settings and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to create powerful change in peoples’ lives.

Capstone work

You’ll have the support and freedom to dive deep into a topic and pursue what you’re most passionate about. With the guidance of faculty, you’ll get to do your own scholarly research and learn what it takes to complete ambitious projects that will look great in your portfolio. This could include community-based internships, engaging with professional organizations, and more.

This Path can prepare you for careers in

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Human resources
  • Medicine
  • Psychology and counseling
  • Public health 
  • Social justice advocacy 
  • Social work

The Path provides learning opportunities to prepare for graduate work in social sciences and allied health fields. Some graduate programs may require pre-requisites that need to be taken outside of Path offerings.

Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

  • Advanced degrees in nursing
  • Doctorate in Medicine
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master in Social Work
  • Master in Public Health
  • Psychology PhD and PsyD programs
  • Master of Arts in Community Studies and Community Development 
  • Master in Teaching
Faculty on this Path
Title Expertise
Balaram, Arita psychology, critical race and feminist studies, community-engaged methods
Benson-Quaziena, Marcella human and organizational systems
Dean, Mary psychology
Diamant, Hirsh visual arts, Chinese studies, human development
Kennedy, Cynthia leadership
Khaleghi, Dariush Leadership, Management, Organizational Psychology and Behavior, and Human Resources Management
Khanna, Mukti psychology
Montenegro, Carolina (Kina)
Mullins, Greg literature, queer studies
Olson, Toska sociology, gender studies
Partridge, Penelope
Prouty, Carolyn health science, public health, bioethics
Stein, Eric cultural anthropology
Vane, Ada (Ada)
Yuen, Nathalie
Catalog Offerings for 2021-22
Title Paths Class Standing Credits
America to 2025: Modern America, History, and Adolescent Psychology
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Basic and Applied Psychology: From The Lab to Life
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Basic Psychological Processes and Behavior
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Basic Psychological Processes and Behavior
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Culture, and Public Health
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Cultivating Justice: Food, Feminism, and Community Psychology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Developmental Psychology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Environmental Psychology and Public Health: Linking Health, Social, and Environmental Justice
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Health vs. Wealth
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
In Sickness and In Health
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Mammal Dreams: Introduction to Neuroscience and the Arts of Storytelling and Performance
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
14
Personality and Social Psychology: Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Positive Psychology and Well-Being Theory
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Psychology Conference: Western Psychological Association
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
2
Psychology of Connection
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Psychology of Mind Body Medicine
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
So You Want to Be a Psychologist
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
The Alchemy of Witness: Integrative Skills for Psychology and the Helping Professions
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
The Alchemy of Witness: Integrative Skills for Psychology and the Helping Professions
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
The Art of Helping
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Catalog Offerings for 2022-23
Title Paths Class Standing Credits
A Question of Character: Psychology and Performance
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Abnormal Psychology
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Art and Science of Clinical Application of Mindfulness
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Arts and the Child: Early Childhood (A)
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Arts and the Child: Early Childhood (B)
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Basic Psychological Processes and Behavior
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Children, Curriculum, and the Clinical View: Childhood Development and Psychopathology in the Education System
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Community Mental Health and Art in Social Contexts
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
EastWest Psychology: Cultivating Mental Wellbeing
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
EastWest Psychology: Transforming Destructive Cognition/Emotion
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Engaging Collectively Through Art and Critical Social Psychology
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Health vs. Wealth
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
History & Systems in Psychology
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Human/Animal/Anthropocene: Psychology and Anthropology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Workplace
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Moving Towards Health: Psychological and Social Determinants of Well-Being
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Positive Organizational Behavior
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Principles of Learning
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Psychology and Popular Music
  • Freshman
14
Psychology Conference: Western Psychological Association
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
2
Psychology: Black Psychology and the Psychology of Marginalized Communities
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 16
Reimagining the Body: Psychology, Art, and Health
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
So You Want to be a Psychologist
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
The Alchemy of Witness: Integrative Skills for Psychology and the Helping Professions
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
The Art of Helping
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
The New Psychology of Leadership
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
The Social Construction of Brains and Behavior
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Travel, Health, Food, Business, Culture
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4

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