The Department of Psychology offers several programs of study incorporating a wide variety of experimental techniques and theoretical viewpoints. Upon graduation, all psychology majors will be able to:

1. demonstrate familiarity with psychological concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology;

2. understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation;

3. think critically about psychological concepts;

4. apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organization issues;

5. value empirical evidence and understand the ethical guidelines of psychology as a science;

6. demonstrate information literacy and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes in the social sciences;

7. communicate effectively in a variety of formats, and;

8. pursue realistic ideas as how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values. The courses of study offered by the Department of Psychology are designed to prepare students for:

a) graduate school and careers as professional psychologists (e.g., school, industrial/organization, experimental, counseling, and clinical);

b) paraprofessional jobs in applied fields such as mental health, mental retardation, human resources, and human services;

c) an educational experience that will contribute to the understanding of self and others.

As the discipline in a liberal arts curriculum, psychology is an appropriate course of study in such fields as nursing, law, social science, management, personnel/human resources, education, criminal justice, advertising, medicine, political science, or any area in which the understanding of human behavior and mental processes, critical thinking and interpersonal communication are beneficial. Laboratory activities, independent projects, and internships enhance the major.

The Morningside College experience cultivates a passion for life-long learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility.
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