The goal of psychology is to describe, predict and explain human thought and behavior. At Woodbury, psychology is applied to helping people and communities thrive and solve problems. Through research, critical analysis, and hands-on experiences, our faculty actively mentor students in applying classroom knowledge to real-world issues.Apply Request Information Take a Tour
The Psychology program examines the complexities of human behavior — both as individuals and as part of larger social communities. Core courses in the department include, developmental, social, personality, influence and persuasion, and abnormal psychology. Additionally, the program offers a variety of exciting and unique courses such as media psychology, psychology of evil, psychology of fear, psychology of fashion, addictions, introduction to counseling, human sexuality, neuropsychology, and forensics.
The Psychology program prepares students to work in diverse fields such as counseling, social work, advertising and marketing, education, medicine, law, public policy, quantitative data analysis, media communications and more. Students receive a strong foundation in psychological theory and application that successfully prepares them for professional work or graduate school. All Psychology students complete an original, independent senior thesis research project on a topic of their choice. Ninety-four percent of these projects have been accepted for presentation at national and regional psychology conferences.
Internships are a required component of the BA degree in Psychology.
Nitin Dhiman, graduate in psychology, class of 2014, is passionate about technology, data and research. His senior thesis, “‘Tetris, Anyone?’: How Perception of Competition Induces Behavioral Aggression,” used video games and a pressure-sensitive keyboard to study competitive aggression. Nitin currently works for Synermed Healthcare as a Medical Operations Analyst. Additionally, Nitin continues to work closely with faculty member Dr. Faber on presenting and publishing research exploring why individuals “troll” on the Internet. In early 2016, Nitin also completed his M.B.A. at Woodbury University and aims to pursue a doctorate in Quantitative Psychology.
The Gilbert Psychology Lab serves students by providing a facility in which to conduct their research projects as well as a group meeting space. The facility houses the iWorx physiology research equipment which allows for testing heart-rate, respiration, blood pressure, electrodermal activity (a.k.a. galvanic skin response), and more. A one-way mirror allows students to conduct observational studies without being obtrusive to participants.
Psychology classrooms and computer labs also feature research software tools for statistical analysis (SPSS) and qualitative language analysis (LIWC). The Woodbury library has electronic access to many academic journals in the behavioral sciences.
The Psychology curriculum is designed to provide graduates with a solid understanding and mastery of the fundamentals of psychological science. Students receive a thorough foundation in theory, research design, statistics and critical thinking, along with an emphasis on applying psychological principles to real world issues. The curriculum is organized around three types of courses:
Students can transfer into the program at any time (Fall or Spring), with no minimum number of credits required.
PSYC 309 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 319 Intro to Counseling
PSYC 322 Marriage and Intimacy
PSYC 3700 Addictions
PSYC 410 Senior Thesis: Clinical topic
Influence and Persuasion (PSYC 306)
Media Psychology (PSYC 317)
Consumer Behavior (PSYC 318)
Motivation and Emotion (PSYC 3XX)
Senior Thesis (PSYC 410): Media topic
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 221)
Foundations in Research Methods (PSYC 330)
Advanced Statistics (PSYC 331)
Advanced Research Methods (PSYC 402)
Senior Thesis (PSYC 410): Experimental design
Woodbury faculty are accomplished, caring academics and professionals dedicated to supporting the success of students throughout their academic journey. They bring their professional expertise to students and work closely with them to teach the skills and theory required to enter professional practice or pursue advanced study. Through this individual attention, Woodbury fosters close mentoring relationships between faculty and students in a supportive and encouraging environment.
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