Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes and is traditionally a popular field of study. By the very nature of the profession, psychology is a service vocation. This fits well with Waldorf’s mission of preparing students for “lives of service.” A Bachelor’s degree in psychology prepares students to be well-rounded, educated individuals as it reflects many of the goals of a liberal arts education by providing a knowledge base, thinking skills, analytical reasoning, interpersonal skills, and ethical values. Psychology majors are prepared to pursue graduate and professional programs in psychology, where they could further specialize in a variety of areas in psychology including clinical, experimental, developmental, social, cognitive, human factors, sports, industrial/organizational, health, and forensics. They are also prepared for further education in areas such as medicine, law, social work, nursing, and ministry.
Some psychology majors directly enter the job market in positions related to psychology, including case managers, childcare workers, corrections or parole officers, mental health technicians, political campaign workers, public relations specialists, and social services workers. Others with Bachelor’s degrees find positions in jobs that at first glance do not seem directly related to psychology, such as advertising agents, college admissions officers, congressional aides, customer service representatives, human resources workers, law enforcement officers, insurance agents, marketing researchers, restaurant managers, public relations experts, and loan officers.
Given the vast array of career opportunities, students may find that psychology is a good complement to a number of other majors or minors offered at Waldorf, such as business, communications, criminal justice, education, wellness, humanities, history-political science, English, and theatre.
Psychology Major Requirements
For the major, students must complete I) all of the psychology general foundation courses (16.5 credits), II) select from the options in the content area foundation courses (12 credits), and III) take an additional 18 credits of psychology credits.
- MTH 201 Elementary Statistics
- PSY 100 Orientation to Psychology
- PSY 111 General Psychology
- PSY 360 Introduction to Research Methods
- PSY 361 Advanced Research Methods
- PSY 401 Senior Capstone
Content Area Foundations (select one course from 4 out of 5 areas)
- Area 1 Lifespan Development
- PSY144Human Growth and Development
- Area 2 Social Psychology
- PSY222Social Psychology
- PSY232Close Relationships
Area 3 Cognitive Psychology
- PSY311Cognitive Psychology
- PSY310Principles of Learning
Area 4 Biological Psychology
- PSY330Biological Psychology
- PSY332Sensation and Perception
Area 5 Individual Differences
- PSY320Theories of Personality
- PSY322Abnormal Psychology
The minimum of one course from four of the areas is required for II. Additional courses taken from this list are applied as PSY Electives (III).