If you have ever asked yourself, “why do people do the things they do?,”
then Psychology at the University of the Southwest (USW) may be the program for you! Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Psychologists explore a depth of phenomena across the lifespan including development and change in cognition, sensation and perception, motivation, personality, emotion, language, learning, and group processes in an attempt to understand the self and others.
At USW, Psychology is one of the most popular majors. Students taking introductory psychology classes find that they are intrigued with the study of brain and behavior, and decide to pursue further Psychology courses. It is likely that this is because
Psychology is infused in all areas of our lives, and the ways in which it can be explored and applied are vast. Knowledge of psychological concepts and constructs enables individuals to be open-minded, thoughtful, and creative, and it provides opportunities for the broadening of perspectives, challenging common ideas and practices, and enriching frameworks for understanding the world.
Psychology is a field for those who are passionately curious about exploring the mysteries of the human experience and
yearn for the opportunity to learn and work in a diverse, collaborative, and interdisciplinary field. By the end of their program, students in Psychology will have acquired the ability to understand different facets of Psychology, think critically using psychological perspectives, and map their views of the human psyche and the world around them.
The Bachelor of Science in Psychology offers 3 degree plans:
· Psychology Degree
· Family Studies
· Forensic Psychology
Each area of specialization provides students with foundational skills and experiences necessary for graduate study and/or work in a variety of settings. USW Psychology majors are exposed to courses and concepts in science, mathematics, research, and logic. Indeed, psychological concepts have application in numerous fields such as business, religion, education, and political science. There is little doubt that an understanding of the mind and behavior is beneficial in many professional endeavors.
USW Mission Statement: University of the Southwest is a Christ-centered educational community dedicated to developing men and women for a lifetime of servant leadership by emphasizing individual faith, responsibility, and initiative.
USW Student Responsibilities: Students share in the responsibility for a successful university educational experience. Upon completion of their degree and regardless of disciplinary major, students are expected to demonstrate ability in five essential areas: Communication, Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Servant Leadership, and Academic & Professional Integrity.
Psychology Learning Outcomes:
In line with the university’s mission and studentresponsibilities, the following expectations and goals are put forth forundergraduate Psychology majors across degree plans:
1. An ability to write clearly and communicate effectively about psychological concepts and research findings and apply psychology to real-world issues or problems. (Communication)
2. Knowledge of the history, theories, fundamental principles, and findings in key domains of psychology. (Knowledge)
3. The development of critical thinking skills in conducting and evaluating psychological research including analyzing data via application of statistical methods and interpreting results. (Critical Thinking)
4. A greater understanding of the behavior and mental processes of the self and others, recognizing real-life situations that may require professional psychological help and accessing community resources to find help. (Servant Leadership)
5. Working knowledge of the specialized vocabulary used in psychology, submission of original and appropriately cited work, and development of responsible and ethical academic practice and behavior. (Academic & Professional Integrity)
If you have any questions or would like more information, we would be thrilled to speak with you!
Dr. Jenelle Job
Assistant Professor &
Program Coordinator, Psychology
Ms. Lauren Shields
Executive Administrative Assistant &
Student Support Director