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Psychology Major

Psychology seeks to observe, describe, understand, predict and control behavior and psychological processes in individuals.

You will study topical areas such as:

  • human development
  • personality theory
  • neuroscience
  • learning
  • memory and cognition
  • emotion
  • sensation and perception
  • relationships
  • abnormal behavior
  • and psychotherapy

Employment or Specialization

An applied program is available to those who plan to seek employment immediately after graduation while an academic studies program is available for those who want to continue at the graduate school level in either practical or experimental specializations.

Practical Specializations:

  • Clinical
  • School
  • Counseling

Experimental Specializations:

  • Neuroscience
  • Developmental
  • Social
  • Cognitive

Emphasis: Sport Psychology

With advances in the fields of physiological training and nutrition, the margins between success and failure in sports have grown ever smaller. Increasingly, athletes, coaches and other individuals are recognizing the crucial role that psychological factors play in sports performance and are turning to trained psychology professionals to help maximize performance.

Columbia College offers an emphasis area in sports psychology, which partially fulfills the elective portion of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. The emphasis area is truly multi-disciplinary and encompasses the fields of psychology, biology, sociology, education and more to study the ways in which psychological factors affect sports performance.


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Because the scientific knowledge of behavior and psychological processes are important to all fields of study, persons majoring in areas other than psychology should enroll in selected courses of interest. For the same reason, choosing psychology as a minor also is encouraged.


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