The Department of Psychology offers the BA, MA (Plan A, thesis), and PhD degrees. The department maintains close ties with the Pacific Biomedical Research Center, Social Science Research Institute, Center on Aging, the Department of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology, and the East-West Center. The department has course that are cross-listed with the Department of Women's Studies, Department of Marketing and College of Education.
The undergraduate program is selected by students preparing to enter graduate school, where they will be trained to become professional psychologists. Others use psychology as a pre-professional major for other fields, such as law or medicine. The majority of psychology majors, however, are using psychology as a general liberal arts major.
The graduate program in psychology is designed to provide students with a strong background in theory, research methodology, and psychological issues. Currently, there are ten concentrations in which students can receive specialized training: behavioral neuroscience, clinical studies (an APA accredited Program), community and culture, developmental psychology, experimental psychopathology, health psychology, marine mammal behavior and biology, marine mammal sensory systems, social-personality, and teaching, learning, and cognition.
The psychology department faculty is composed of an unusually large number of internationally recognized figures in the field. Areas of strength are in cross-cultural (Asia and the Pacific) psychology, health and health-related areas, human services training, and marine psychology (including marine mammals and ocean-related human factors).
Psychology is a multidisciplinary specialty with specific interests on this campus in cross-cultural studies. It draws on material from the humanities, the social sciences, the health sciences, and the marine sciences; from the area collections of Asia, Hawaii, and the Pacific; and from the Government Documents Collection.
Date Compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Vicky Lebbin