Delve into the intricacies of the human mind. Find out what makes people tick. Learn how to help people dealing with stress and addiction. Prepare for law school. Help people create their own path to successful living.
The field of psychology is rooted in both science and philosophy to understand behavior and experience. Psychology is a diverse discipline with experimental, clinical, community, and public policy applications. Psychologists are trained in research methods and apply findings to improve the quality of life for people, organizations, and communities.
Studies in psychology explore the field in its social and historical context and may include learning about human development, social and community psychology, neuropsychology, and cultural diversity.
Psychological science is applied both nationally and globally in clinical, research, educational, and policy settings. Psychologists work in diverse settings including universities, schools, research labs, hospitals, clinics, and community health settings.
By studying psychology, you can lead to the development of integrative thinking to value diverse questions, challenge biases, and promote socio-emotional intelligence.
Interdisciplinary programs incorporating psychological perspectives can develop psychologically literate citizens who can encourage policy makers to use findings from psychological research when forming policies.
Areas of expertise currently offered include:
- Developmental psychology from a lifespan perspective
- Emerging adulthood
- Self and identity
- Social media use
- Critical race and feminist approaches to psychology,
- Multicultural counseling
- Clinical psychology
- Health psychology
- Expressive arts therapy
Culture and Cognition: Flourishing Mind, Flourishing Society
Offered Fall 2020
What goes on inside your head, and why? To what degree is thought an individual act, and how is it influenced by the social contexts in which we live?
In this program we will use the twin lenses of psychology and sociology to examine both functional individual psyches and thriving social structures. We will explore how our brains and cognitive processes create perceptions, language, memories, and values; how our choices impact our brains and thought processes; and the ways in which these processes and choices are conditioned by cultural and social factors.
Well-being itself is a cognitive construct whose definition and experience varies across time and place. Through an integrative examination of cognitive psychology, sociology, and positive psychology, we will learn and practice how to intentionally, mindfully curate resilient cognitive and social structures. We will cultivate foundational skills that are relevant across all careers and fields of study—observation, analysis, critical thinking, and writing—but that may be particularly helpful in social and human services, health care, and education.
Guy Diamond, class of 1981, has developed groundbreaking screening and family therapy techniques to reduce the risk of suicide in adolescents. Find out more.
Psychology studies offer an enormous variety of career paths. The demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, and social services agencies continues to grow. Evergreen students are encouraged to extend their knowledge of psychology to other disciplines. Some go on to pursue graduate study in clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology, counseling, or social work while others use psychological perspectives to inform their work in literature, the arts, and other fields. If you’ve ever dreamed of making a real difference in other people’s lives, studying psychology can be a great way to achieve that goal.
Facilities & Resources
The Evergreen Psychological Society
This student group is dedicated to providing space and resources for Evergreen students who are interested in psychology and the mind. Weekly meetings are held for discussion of psychology, information sharing, and networking opportunities with other psych students.
Internships and Research
Numerous internship opportunities in counseling and clinical settings, social service agencies, and schools are available for students interested in clinical psychology or counseling. Upper-level students may also work with faculty to conduct individual research projects in psychology or social sciences.
Western Psychological Association Convention
The Western Psychological Association (WPA) is the regional arm of the American Psychological Association. Their annual convention of psychology professionals and students allows students to explore the range of activities and topics that psychology offers, and to learn cutting edge research in the field. Faculty facilitate the trip annually for students who are interested in attending.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.
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|Psychology of Mind Body Medicine||
|Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment||