Psychology Programs at NVU-Johnson
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mind. Students in the B.A. in Psychology program explore a wide range of theories concerning human behavior, development, thought, emotion, learning, intelligence, personality, group dynamics and abnormal behavior. Through coursework, fieldwork and research opportunities, students apply the knowledge gained in class to the real world and are encouraged to use what they learn toward understanding themselves and their relationships. Students have the opportunity to work as research assistants during the school year and in the summer. An internship is required. Elective options help students explore career possibilities, such as working with the chronically mentally ill, with children and families, and in the areas of organizational psychology, addictions, art therapy, forensic psychology and more. However, the study of psychology provides excellent preparation for careers not only in psychology, but in any field in which an understanding of human behavior is useful.
The B.A. in Psychology is designed to produce students who graduate with a strong understanding the field of psychology, how it relates to interpersonal communication and behavior, and the practical application of this knowledge and skill set.
Health & Sport Psychology Concentration
This program explores how psychology can be used to improve motivation and performance, how physical activity improves mental health and overall well-being, and how stress and other psychological factors affect health and wellness. Students may engage in original research projects in collaboration with faculty and have the opportunity to assist with ongoing research into biofeedback as a tool for exercise motivation. An internship in an area/setting relevant to health and sport psychology is required. Graduates earn a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Health & Sport Psychology.