Why PsychologyWe’re a community of learners and students thrive here. Students here reap the benefits of an interactive learning environment , challenging material and lab work, and unparalleled research and internship opportunities.
As early as their freshman year, our undergraduates are able to participate in research with renowned faculty. Students support each other through peer-advising, providing a unique environment where students become leaders by helping others.
What is psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The goals of psychology are to describe, explain, predict, and change behavior (observable actions) and mental processes (thoughts, feelings, memories, beliefs). In our department, we focus on four major themes throughout the undergraduate curriculum: (1) psychology is a science; (2) behavior is a function of person variables, environmental variables, and the interaction of person and environment; (3) psychology has evolved in a socio-historical context, and its major theoretical perspectives reflect this phenomenon; and (4) socio-cultural context influences how psychological concepts are understood and applied.
IUPUI psychology specialties include: psychobiology of addictions, health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, severe mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.
Why study psychology?
Psychology is inherently interesting ... don't you want to understand why people do what they do? Understanding behavior can help you in everyday life and in almost every job situation. Also, an undergraduate psychology degree provides you with a strong background in communication skills, critical thinking, scientific methodology, ethics and diversity - skills that are in high demand in the workplace.
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