What is distinctive about the Psychology Department at Augustana College?
Integration. The department faculty recognize that the scientific methods of modern psychology are not the only means by which we gain understanding of human beings. Many other disciplines—from biology to sociology to philosophy--provide important insights from different levels of analysis. Therefore, the faculty encourage students’ efforts to integrate their learning. In particular, they make it a priority to give students opportunities to consider how modern psychology relates to traditional Christianity. They support students who wish to examine how psychology informs faith, and how faith informs psychology.
Mentoring. The department faculty are committed to mentoring students. In the Psychology Department, students find small class sizes and caring, available faculty. The faculty offer individualized advising to help students to clarify and achieve their goals.
to our Augustana Student Research symposium presenters on a Job Well Done:
Chrissy Gill, Jenna Obler, and Stephanie Sorensen
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Modern psychology focuses on the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. It investigates questions such as, “Why do people behave, feel, think, and interact the way they do?” “How are we affected by our environment?” “How do we affect other people?” – and many more!
The curriculum of the Psychology Department introduces students to the methods and findings of psychological research, while providing for experiential development of intuitive, reflective clinical skills. In their classes, students will explore applications of psychological theories and findings. Through the completion of a Psychology major, students learn how better to understand and help people, and they gain valuable research skills.
A psychology major can lead to many different career opportunities. Psychology advisors will assist students in choosing the specific courses that meet individual students’ needs. Students who intend to pursue careers specific to psychology such as counseling or research should take up to 43 credit hours in psychology. Students who think they may wish to attend graduate school should talk to their advisor about ways to prepare, and they should become involved in research projects with department faculty.
Psychology also makes an excellent second major to support another program of study. For example, a psychology double-major can greatly benefit students who are preparing for careers in business, education, law, ministry, health services, and many other areas.