心理学

Why do people do what they do? Do animals think and remember? How do people cope with prejudice and discrimination? What happens to our memories as we age? How does poverty impact infant attention and cognition? How do children learn about race and gender? How do individuals' personalities differ? How do people adjust and adapt to new cultures?

These are some of the questions engaging the 教师 and students in the 心理学 Department at Whitman College. Our department offers a wide range of courses and research laboratories designed to give students both theoretical and practical knowledge about the exciting discipline of 心理学. We designed our comprehensive curriculum to achieve three types of learning: first, students acquire basic understanding of concepts, 原则, 理论, 约定, 词汇表, and the models of 心理学; second, students practice and refine skills to perform rigorously and cogently in quantitative analysis, 写作, 说话, theoretical integration, 个人成长, application and group process; and third, students develop interdisciplinary perspectives and understanding of how 心理学 is similar to and different from other disciplines, particularly its closest neighbors - philosophy and biology.

Our program teaches 心理学 as a science, but we also teach 心理学 in its practical applications for improving human welfare. Our requirements include an introductory survey course, statistics and research methods courses, at least 1 course from each the 3 foundational areas of 心理学 (Clinical/Personality, Cognitive/Learning/Physiology, and Social/Developmental), 一个研讨会, a senior capstone course, and a year-long thesis. Additionally, 心理学 majors take at least one course in philosophy and in biology. Many elective courses in 心理学 are also offered each academic year.

An important aspect of our program is the senior year experience. All seniors take the senior capstone course that examines the theoretical, 历史, and ethical issues of central importance to the discipline, which situates their major in the context of the larger discipline. Seniors also complete a year-long thesis, which usually takes the form of original empirical research in collaboration with peers. Seniors in our program experience a strong sense of community as they work on their theses and prepare for their thesis oral exams.

The 心理学 Department has well-equipped animal and human laboratory facilities for undergraduate teaching and research. The comparative 心理学 lab allows students to investigate behavior and cognition in pigeons and rats, and the avian communication lab's focus is on songbirds. Human laboratory facilities include the infant and adolescent development, 认知老化, 个性, and experimental psychopathology labs. Rooms are available for students to sign out for research with human participants, 测试, and other laboratory exercises.

心理学 majors in our department have published their research in numerous journals. 除了, our students regularly present their research at regional professional meetings, where their papers are accepted in a blind peer-review process. Many of Whitman's 心理学 majors go on to graduate school and have reported that they appreciate the rigorous training that our program provided them, particularly the senior thesis experience.