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Students of psychology are often referred to as "scientist-practitioners" and as "generalists".  In that tradition, students are trained in human development, group processes, oral communications skills, written expressive skills, and the conduct of social science research.  Psychology majors are expected to develop knowledge of the statistical procedures used to analyze data and learn how to design and evaluate research in psychology.  With that in mind, students will read and critically appraise journal articles within the professional psychology literature.  Students will be expected to write professional papers using APA style together with appropriate citations and referencing.  Finally, students will understand the ethical issues involved in the practice of psychology and in the conduct of research in psychology.

Psychology at STAC
The Faculty in Psychology holds as its highest goal the aim to train students to think critically and analytically.  Students will gain an understanding of psychological phenomena as they affect the individual as well as the larger social world.  Within that goal, students will be exposed to normal personality development as processes, different psychological disorders and a variety of possible paradigms for such disorders as well as treatment approaches currently in use.

Graduates of the major are prepared for employment in a wide variety of business and human services settings.  In addition, students who perform well are prepared to seek admission to graduate programs in a variety of specialized areas of psychology including clinical, counseling, school, social, and experimental psychology. For more information about what you can do with this major, visit our Career Services website. 

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Academic Affiliations

Dr. Ben Wagner, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Richard F. Heath, Professor of Psychology
Dr. Susan K. Marell, Professor of Psychology


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