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

Living Well: Psychology and Sustainability 

Offered Fall 2018

What can we learn from past and current cultures about how to best live on this planet? How have people throughout time met their basic needs, and what systems appear to produce both psychological health and community wellness? What are your own goals for positive mental health and sustainable living today?

You'll participate in an in-depth exploration of introductory psychology and anthropology, in the context of personal and communal wellness and sustainability. Project work will include designing sustainable communities in teams to understand how psychological, economic, and environmental health are intertwined. Writing workshops and local field trips will support this work. We will travel locally to interact with people building intentional, sustainable communities. 

Additionally, a community partnership with the Thurston County Food Bank will enable us to connect with local initiatives, apply our knowledge, and offer something to the community. 

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.

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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 Create 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.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Abnormal Psychology FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Advertising and Social Media JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Anthrozoology FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Arts and the Child: Early Childhood FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Consciousness, Dreams, and Everyday Life: Self, Other, World SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
EastWest Psychology: Destructive Mind/Emotion FR-SR
  • Winter
4
EastWest Psychology: Positive Mind/Emotion FR-SR
  • Fall
4
History and Systems in Psychology (A) FR-SR
  • Fall
4
History and Systems in Psychology (B) FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Introduction to Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Liberal Education in the College Bubble: Crossing the Political and Cultural Divide FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Mortality FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Multicultural Counseling JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment FR
  • Winter
16
Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment FR
  • Spring
16
Positive Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Psychology and Mindfulness SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Psychology: Professional Conference FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Research Capstone in Psychology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
So You Want to Be a Psychologist FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Studio Arts for Expressive Arts Therapy: Developing Cultural Competence JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
The Essential Ingredients of Intercultural Competence FR-SR
  • Spring
16
The German Program: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, and Social Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 12, 16
Theories of Personality (A) FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Theories of Personality (B) FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Abnormal Psychology FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Anthrozoology FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Arts and the Child: Early Childhood FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on Silk Roads FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Competency: The Road to an Excellent Helping Professional JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Computers and Cognition FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Early Childhood Learning JR-SR
  • Fall
16
EastWest Psychology: Art and Science of Mindfulness FR-SR
  • Spring
4
EastWest Psychology: Cultivating Mental Well Being FR-SR
  • Fall
4
EastWest Psychology: Transforming Destructive Thought/Emotion FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Group Dynamics JR-SR
  • Fall
8
History and Systems in Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Madness and Creativity: The Psychological Link FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Making Change Happen JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Practice of Organic Farming: Entrepreneurial Culture and Agriculture FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Psychology: Professional Conference FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Research Capstone in Psychology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
So You Want to Be a Psychologist FR-SR
  • Spring
16
The Social Animal FR-SR
  • Fall
16
The Social Animal FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Theories of Personality FR-SR
  • Winter
4