Psychology is a very broad discipline that employs the methods of scientific inquiry as it observes, describes, and explores the brain's role in emotion, thought, and behavior. Students in the psychology program are called upon to think critically and creatively as they examine how organisms adapt to their surroundings through biological, social, emotional, perceptual, and cognitive capacities. Students learn to become clear communicators, attentive listeners, and dynamic and sensitive problem solvers.
An undergraduate degree in psychology will prepare students for careers in human services as well as for graduate school programs in psychology, counseling, social work, or law.
Students who major in psychology will be able to:
- demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology;
- understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation;
- respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes;
- understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues; and
- weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
Click the links below to learn more about Lakeland's psychology faculty.
Alicia Helion works hard to motivate students both in and out of the classroom. Alicia joined Lakeland's faculty in 2007, and she's always finding ways to involve students in her research,...Read more about Alicia Helion
Dr. Mehraban Khodavandi, Education Division Chair and Professor of Education and Psychology, has been a member of the faculty since 1981. Khodavandi earned his doctorate from the University of...Read more about Mehraban Khodavandi
Christopher Moore has been a member of Lakeland's faculty since 2006. Dr. Moore's research and teaching focus is at the juncture between sociology and psychology -- specifically, "social...Read more about Christopher Moore
Elizabeth Stroot, Social Sciences Division Chair, is the architect of Lakeland's psychology program. Since her arrival at Lakeland in 1999, psychology has grown into one of the college's most...Read more about Elizabeth Stroot