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psychology

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.

Freeman Clinical Psychology Discussion

If you are fascinated by human behavior—how people think, feel, and act—Evergreen’s interdisciplinary approach to psychology offers a range of approaches for you to build your understanding of the social, psychological, and biological forces that influence human health and behavior.

Evergreen will prepare you in both theory and practice for graduate study and work in clinical psychology, human and social services, and psychological research. Having a solid understanding of human behavior is an extremely marketable skill in a number of career settings including social services, advertising, marketing, education, health care, and politics.

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.

At Evergreen, you’ll learn how to critically evaluate theories of human behavior and explore research methods that will further your understanding. You’ll be encouraged to explore psychology from multiple perspectives, integrating a range of approaches from which to consider human behavior, emotion, and thinking. You’ll study the history and systems of psychology, learn quantitative and qualitative research methods, and examine multicultural themes regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religious identity, and ability/disability. Regionally based internships in counseling and social services offer ample opportunities to gain experience in the field.

Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life — it gives you the tools to change the world.

Sample Program

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.

View this program in the catalog.

Freeman Clinical Psychology

After Graduation

Portrait of Guy Diamond

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.

Awakening in procession

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.

Selected Programs 2020-21
Title Class Standing Credits
Abnormal in a Normalized World
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12
Psychology and Biology of Aging
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
12
Anthrozoology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Positive Psychology and Well-Being Theory
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Culture and Cognition: Flourishing Mind, Flourishing Society
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Basic and Applied Psychology: From The Lab to Life
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Psychology of Mind Body Medicine
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4, 8
Leadership Development: Theory & Practice, Interventions, and Use of Self
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Children, Curriculum, and Counting: Psychology and Education
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Development and Learning
  • Junior
  • Senior
16