Psychology Majors take a broad array of courses that prepare them to understand human action and experience from a variety of perspectives. For example, these courses include both individual and social perspectives, investigate both practical-applied and theoretical-conceptual questions, cover development from infancy to old age, and explore the full range of psychological phenomena from the neural level up to the level of group dynamics. For further details regarding departmental areas of study, see courses offered by area of Psychology.
A large component of psychology deals with issues of human relations. Students are trained to become more sensitive to the complexities of both individual motives and group dynamics, as well as implement frameworks to better understand these dynamics. Our students also analyze the implications of the limited capacity of humans to deal with complex information that contribute to errors, misunderstandings, and conflict.
Awareness of environmental effects on human behaviour
Psychologists are sensitive to the powerful and immediate control of environmental conditions that affect human performance and relationships. Students are encouraged to analyze the environmental and interpersonal contexts that control and moderate human actions. Understanding these influences provides insight for designing environments that promote improved functioning and enhance wellbeing.