McDonald Center for Humanities
and Social Sciences
Dannelle Larsen-Rife, Ph.D.
Psychology is a hub discipline that involves the scientific study of the intersections of mental functions, behavior and the environment. Psychology spans subject matter from biology to sociology and intersects with public health, neuroscience, neurology, radiology, cardiology, genetics, education and gerontology. Nationally, psychology is ranked as the third most popular baccalaureate degree offering in colleges and universities.
An undergraduate degree in psychology is excellent preparation for continued graduate work in psychology or in another field, such as business, medicine or computer science. Many employers are interested in the skills that psychology majors bring to collecting, analyzing and interpreting data and their experiences with statistics and experimental design. Opportunities in psychology for those with graduate degrees are more plentiful and at a higher level than those with undergraduate degrees. Opportunities for people with advanced degrees in psychology are expanding in number as well as in scope.
The Psychology program at Dixie State University offers a common core of psychology courses and advanced courses in three main topic areas representing the broad spectrum of modern psychology: Social/Developmental, Behavioral Neuroscience/Cognitive, and Clinical-Counseling/Applied. The core courses are essential components of all three topical areas. In addition, the psychology program emphasizes writing in the American Psychological Association Style.
The program is designed to develop graduates who have the knowledge and skills required to: enter the workforce upon graduation; pursue advanced study in psychology or a closely related discipline such as law, medicine or business; and more generally, to gain valuable insight into their own and others’ behavior.
The Psychology Department is committed to:
- Developing students who value the search for knowledge by means of scientific methods and research and to providing students with the knowledge and skills to do so.
- Developing students who appreciate and understand that behavior results from a complex interaction between physiological systems, genetic influences, experiential and environmental factors and social forces.
- Developing students whose understanding of psychology reflects an integration of a variety of theoretical perspectives.
- Developing students who appreciate the power of applied psychology to foster physical, psychological, and communal well-being
- Inspiring students to act ethically as scholars and as future practitioners of psychology.
- Inspiring students to value and to use critical thinking as students, scholars, consumers of media, and targets of influence.
- Inspiring students to commit themselves to a lifetime pursuit of knowledge and understanding.