Psychology is the study of the mind, the brain, and behavior, which covers a wide range of topics, such as understanding different forms of mental illness, how we learn and think, how we interact with others, and how our nervous system works. Psychology is a research-based field and we emphasize the scientific method in our classes, and the field also covers how psychological knowledge can be applied - such as treating disorders, providing counseling, enhancing employee health, assessing cognitive skills, and improving educational techniques.
The B.A. in Psychology, Mental Health concentration is specifically geared toward students with an interest in the fields of behavioral and mental health. In addition to providing a solid grounding in the principles of psychology, the concentration offers upper-level seminars in counseling, psychological assessment, and clinical psychology. The capstone of the program is a semester-long field practicum in the senior year, in which students gain hands-on experience in a professional mental-health setting.
The Psychology Mental Health concentration is an excellent option for students who plan to pursue a career in a mental-health profession such as:
- Counseling Psychology
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Social Work
- Clinical Psychology
- School Counseling
These fields require post-graduate degrees, and the Mental Health program improves students’ competitiveness for acceptance in these graduate programs.