Psychology majors study the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals.
Psychology majors will learn to observe the world and answer questions related to thought and behavior through the use of the scientific method. Psychology is a large and diverse field, and psychology majors have the opportunity select from a variety of courses representing several sub fields. Upon graduation, psychology majors will be prepared to continue their education in a graduate program or work in an environment that makes effective use of the skills they have acquired as graduates of a liberal arts institution (critical thinking, pro-social behavior, team development, cultural understanding, etc.).
Clubs & Organizations – Psychology
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 – Psychology Programs
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 while pursuing a bachelor’s in psychology.
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What you will learn
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings of psychology and be able to apply this knowledge when solving problems. (Communication, Analytic and Critical Thinking, Creative Insight)
- Propose and carryout an innovative research project OR apply appropriate skills during internship. Skills that will be utilized include research interpretation and design, theory use, and quantitative analysis and assessment. (Communication, Analytic and Critical Thinking, Creative Insight)
- Identify professional values that will help them optimize their contributions when working with others, including those who do not share their heritage and traditions. (Personal Perspective, Global Perspective)
- Develop competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills to the point where they are able to present information to a professional audience. (Communication)
- Integrate the use of psychology-specific content and skills when engaging in self-reflection, project management, and career preparation activities. (Personal Perspective, Global Perspective)
Sample Courses (CORE)
- Social Cognition
An in-depth analysis of social cognition. Examines how people make sense of themselves and of others in their social world. Topics include modern and historical theories of social cognitive process, how people make sense of their personal characteristics and the characteristics of others, and how thought processes influence social interaction. Spring semester, even years. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or PSY 230.
- Abnormal Psychology
Cultural, biological, and psychological aspects of the abnormal personality. Case histories are analyzed in the context of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). Various theories of deviance and disorder are discussed. Spring semesters. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
- 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.