Introduction to the Psychology Program at Shaw University
Psychology is the systematic study of individuals’ behavior, affect, and mental processes. This major acquaints students with the fundamental concepts, theories, and methods of scientific research of the discipline. Through the engaged practice of reflection, and scientific research, the field of psychology explores the dynamics of personality, group interaction, biological functioning, human development and abnormal psychology. Majors in this program are encouraged to engage in internships, research studies and in-class practice and assessment. Upon graduation psychology majors can expect to find employment in a wide range of professions---from business management and human resources to clinical therapy and counseling; quite a few graduates in psychology have even found employment in the expanding world of technology. Additionally, many graduates in the psychology program elect to continue their education in master’s and doctorate programs across the nation.
What is Psychology?
Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental function and behaviors. Psychology has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases, and by many accounts it ultimately aims to benefit society.[In this field, a professionalpractioner or researcher is called a psychologist and can be classified as a social, behavioral, or cognictive scientist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and biological processes that underlie cognitive functions and behaviors.