College

Psychology

The Psychology major is devoted to the systematic study of human behavior with an emphasis on a scientific approach to real-life problems.

Our goal is to provide students with a strong academic background in psychology through an understanding the major theories, concepts, and research that define the field.  We offer courses covering a broad range of theoretical approaches and subfields in psychology including biological, developmental, behavioral, cognitive, learning, abnormal, and social psychology. Students learn how to apply research methodology and the statistical analysis of empirical data to real-life topics and situations. Students will learn how to perform psychological research, examine ethical issues regarding therapy and research with human subjects, and have the opportunity to learn about the emerging areas in psychology such as health, cross-cultural, and positive psychology.  Students may also engage in hands-on learning through research and internships.

The major provides students with a strong background for those who wish to prepare themselves for graduate work in psychology, social work and related fields as well as for those who wish to go on to occupational fields for which a background in psychology is particularly useful. Students who have graduated from our program have gone on to graduate study at the University of California, California State University, Brandeis University, Arizona State University, Pepperdine, John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, among others and alumni have gone into fields such as advertising, social work, medicine, nursing, law and forensics.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR & ADVISOR

Sue Kapitanoff, Ph.D.
Phone // 310.476.9777 x295
Email // skapitanoff@aju.edu

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