Psychology majors study the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals.
A diverse field, psychology encompasses interests related to the thoughts and behaviors of individuals. Students complete various courses in subfield areas, then choose to concentrate in one or two areas. Completion of the Psychology major at Finlandia prepares students for a range of careers and for graduate study in applied and research-related fields.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.
We do this by:
Encouraging the development and application of psychology in the broadest manner. Promoting research in psychology, the improvement of research methods and conditions and the application of research findings. Improving the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists by establishing high standards of ethics, conduct, education and achievement. Increasing and disseminating psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications.
APA aspires to excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing psychology as a science. The core values that guide our mission include pursuit of excellence, knowledge, diversity and ethical action.
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas.
ADDITIONAL LINKS AND FORMS
- Degree Requirements_2015-16
- Psychology Suggested Course Schedule_2015-16
- Course Descriptions_2015-16
What you will learn
Students majoring in psychology develop the skills to study human behavior and the human mind. The psychology major allows student
to develop a focus of interest in order to prepare them for a variety of different career paths including social and human services, careers in
community mental health, governmental agencies and other fields requiring strong interpersonal skills.
Graduates will be able to:
- Understand the variety of fields in psychology.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills and develop and maintain relationships with peers, colleagues, and/or clients.
- Demonstrate the use of ethical decision making.
- Make observations, inferences, determine relationships, and draw conclusions in preparation of psychological reports.
- Demonstrate rigorous scientific analysis and methodologies.
- Understand social, psychological, and cultural influences that impact human behavior.
Sample Courses (CORE)
Explores the psychological self from multiple perspectives including social, developmental, and cognitive. Issues discussed include development of the self, self-motives and their influence on behavior, and the self in social processes. Available fall semester, even years. Prerequisite: PSY 210.
- Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Introduction to the methods of social inquiry. Students learn how to design and conduct research, and how to become critical consumers of it. An overview of the various research strategies in the social sciences is presented and students perform some preliminary research. Focuses on conceptual and applied dimensions of social research. Available fall semesters. Prerequisite: MAT 140 or above.
- Social Development
Provides an in-depth examination of the theory and research concerning interpersonal development in humans from infancy through adulthood. The relationships between cognition, language, and social development are highlighted. Available spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: PSY 260.