Psychology, the study of human behavior and mental processes, includes such topics as learning, memory, cognition, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality, attitudes, social interactions, and psychopathology.
The special focus in this field is the individual rather than human societies or cultures. Although the study of psychology contributes to the understanding of abnormal human behavior, knowledge of psychology also enhances the understanding of normal human behavior.
Psychological research is conducted exclusively with the scientific method in applications that range from multifactorial laboratory experiments to single case studies. At Highlands, students experience the diversity within the field through a broad selection of courses. Behavioral and psychodynamic emphases are offered in the study of mental disorders, while research psychology is represented by cognitive, biological, social, and personality approaches.
Career possibilities include teaching, research, and service. Psychologists, counselors, and psychometricians work at such sites as mental health centers and hospitals, geriatric facilities, and correctional institutions. The psychological profession also includes school psychologists and human relations or organizational behavior psychologists for industry or government.
Courses in this program are available on the main campus and: