The psychology major is designed to provide coursework and experience central to a basic understanding of the discipline and profession. Human behavior is examined from modern and historical perspectives in both the practical and theoretical realms. The purpose of the major is to prepare students for graduate education or vocational opportunities with a mature, uniquely Christian approach.
The psychology program at Simpson University is designed to meet the diverse needs of students and prepare them for a variety of career paths. Because of an increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, substance abuse treatment clinics, and private companies, your degree from Simpson University can help you move toward a career you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to providing you with the foundation for graduate work that can lead to a career as a psychologist, your degree will also prepare you for a wide variety of careers within and beyond psychology.
- Ethic of Service: Ethic of service here refers to the treatment and care for those with psychological disorders or other relational and developmental problems; support, training, and education to promote growth and maintenance in areas of cognitive, emotional, social, physical, familial, and interpersonal development; and empowerment and affirmation of diverse experiences that emerge from one's cultural and religious background and one's gender.
- Knowldge Base: The Psychology Department aims to provide information regarding the basic content of the field psychology. We are also highly committed to having this knowledge base informed by sound Christian theology.
- Communication and Research Skills: Within the Psychology Department, this skill set include language skills in oral and written form, particularly in terms of how they relate to research skills. Communication skills are essential in order to appropriately and effectively design, interpret, implement and represent psychological theories and research.
- Interpersonal Skills: We attempt to promote the development of interpersonal skills which enable a person to monitor one's own behavior, be sensitive to differences and similarities in others, understand conflicts, and work effectively with people.
Major Specific Resources
"The Field Experience course really helped prepare me for my future career. Not only was I actually working somewhere, but in class we discussed things like resumes, interviews, ethics and situations we might run into in the field of psychology." — Megan Hasebe, Class of 2016
"I am competent and confident in my abilities because of the professors close involvement with me. They are beyond encouraging and foster a program of holistic growth and knowledge." — Sarah Stewart, Class of 2015