Introduction to Psychology

The goal of our Psychology major is to provide an insight into the human mind as well as to prep students for coursework they may see in undergraduate Psychology courses.  This is a great introduction to the undergraduate degree offered by the College in Psychology.

Many students are fascinated by psychology courses and often take intro classes their university freshman and sophomore years. This intensive will be a comprehensive overview of psychology including the history of the field, a review of major findings and will explore areas of current research. We will focus on classic study that has changed our understanding of human nature.

Coursework will include the Human Brain, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cognition, Developmental Psychology, and Learning and Development.

One of the most anticipated sections will start with the question: “What does it mean to be abnormal?” We will discuss various mental conditions, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive-disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and other disorders. We will discuss various treatments for mental hygiene, including traditional therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and new treatments like cognitive bias modification and mindfulness meditation.

Another area of study that will be very fun and illuminating will be our social psychology section. We will conduct experiments, using the campus population as our base. We will create social situations, make predictions as to how people will react, and then run and observe the situations in real-time. How will people react if a group of students come into their room and start studying? Or sit at their lunch table and not say a word? The possibilities are endless!

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