What is Psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Psychology uses the scientific method to study such diverse topics as development, sensation, perception, consciousness, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, motivation, emotions, personality, psychological disorders, and how humans relate to, interact, and influence each other individually and in groups.
What Careers exist in Psychology?
Psychologists work in a variety of settings including mental health fields, academics, research, organizations,schools, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Psychologists’ work can include research; teaching; assessing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders; psychological assessment of intelligence, achievement, learning disabilities, and personality; consultation; and administration.
What types of students might be interested in such a program?
Psychology has wide appeal and is of interest to most people. However, the type of student that will do well in the psychology program has an interest in becoming a good consumer of information. This includes critical thinking skills, in-depth analysis and the willingness to release pre-conceived notions of pop psychology and pseudoscience. Students will be challenged to discover how their newly acquired knowledge applies to real-life settings, as they realize that psychology is not only within us, but also all around us. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore their own lives and choose areas of personal growth on which to focus. Maturity and an expanded world view are often the results of success in the psychology program, both qualities that help to create a successful graduate student or clinician.
Distinctive features of the program:
There are many distinct advantages to the psychology program at West Liberty University. Foremost is the availability and commitment of the professors to the success of the students. Small class sizes, especially in the advanced courses, guarantee accessibility to the faculty. Students are strongly encouraged to interact with their instructors regularly and frequent social gatherings (formal and informal) as well as joint attendance at conferences provide an unparalleled opportunity for academic growth. Faculty members are available to consult on multiple issues and to provide remedial instruction in psychological concepts. Additionally, active students in the psychology department form close bonds with their peers. Through the Psychology Club, academics are combined with social events. Psi Chi, The National Honors Society in Psychology, formally recognizes and rewards those students who excel. The psychology program at West Liberty University provides sound instruction to majors and non-majors alike who wish to learn more about this fascinating science and about themselves
For more information, contact Dr. Tammy McClain, Chairperson, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.