Psychology is a social science
concerned with the systematic study of behavior and mental processes. Major
areas of investigation include the biological roots of behavior and experience,
learning, memory, cognition, intelligence, emotions, development, sexuality,
how individuals influence each other, personality, and the nature and treatment
of mental illnesses. A strong emphasis is placed on developing critical
thinking skills so that these essential concepts can be investigated in an empirical,
objective manner. Students who study psychology can expect to gain valuable
insights into the behavior and experiences of friends, family, strangers,
indeed, anyone and everyone, including animals.
A major in psychology will prepare a
student for a variety of careers including the corporate, industrial,
educational, governmental and health arenas. Of course, many will seek careers
in academia, counseling, and mental health fields. In addition psychology can
serve as the launching point for professions in law and medicine.