psychology

Delve into the intricacies of the human mind. Find out what makes people tick. Learn how to help people dealing with stress and addiction. Prepare for law school. Help people create their own path to successful living.

Freeman Clinical Psychology Discussion

If you are fascinated by human behavior—how people think, feel, and act—Evergreen’s interdisciplinary approach to psychology offers a range of approaches for you to build your understanding of the social, psychological, and biological forces that influence human health and behavior.

Evergreen will prepare you in both theory and practice for graduate study and work in clinical psychology, human and social services, and psychological research. Having a solid understanding of human behavior is an extremely marketable skill in a number of career settings including social services, advertising, marketing, education, health care, and politics.

If you’ve ever dreamed of making a real difference in other people’s lives, studying psychology can be a great way to achieve that goal.

At Evergreen, you’ll learn how to critically evaluate theories of human behavior and explore research methods that will further your understanding. You’ll be encouraged to explore psychology from multiple perspectives, integrating a range of approaches from which to consider human behavior, emotion, and thinking. You’ll study the history and systems of psychology, learn quantitative and qualitative research methods, and examine multicultural themes regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religious identity, and ability/disability. Regionally-based internships in counseling and social services offer ample opportunities to gain experience in the field.

Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life — it gives you the tools to change the world.

Sample Program

Moving Toward Health

Offered Fall 2017–Winter 2018

This program explores cultural determinants of health for communities and individuals through cross-cultural and mind-body perspectives. How can cultural practices become an integral part of prevention and education in promoting health in culturally respectful ways? How can we engage in transformational conversations about the connections between personal, community, and planetary health? Throughout the program, we will recognize that our individual choices can help us create both personal health and a sustainable environment, a conscious life and a positive presence in society.

Students will have an opportunity to learn in many ways, using diverse modalities, including working with multiple intelligences and mindfulness practices. We will integrate somatic learning into our studies, including movement, qigong (a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control), and expressive arts workshops. Our inquiry will ask us to attune ourselves to the wisdom that is available and present in our mind-body awareness. We will participate in community readings, community service, rigorous writing assignments, and critical study of important texts.

View this program in the catalog.

Freeman Clinical Psychology

After Graduation

Portrait of Guy Diamond

Guy Diamond, class of 1981, has developed groundbreaking screening and family therapy techniques to reduce the risk of suicide in adolescents. Find out more.

Psychology studies offer an enormous variety of career paths. The demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, and social services agencies continues to grow. Evergreen students are encouraged to extend their knowledge of psychology to other disciplines. Some go on to pursue graduate study in clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology, counseling, or social work while others use psychological perspectives to inform their work in literature, the arts, and other fields. If you’ve ever dreamed of making a real difference in other people’s lives, studying psychology can be a great way to achieve that goal.

Facilities & Resources

The Evergreen Psychological Society

This student group is dedicated to providing space and resources for Evergreen students who are interested in psychology and the mind. Weekly meetings are held for discussion of psychology, information sharing, and networking opportunities with other psych students.

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Internships and Research

Numerous internship opportunities in counseling and clinical settings, social service agencies, and schools are available for students interested in clinical psychology or counseling. Upper-level students may also work with faculty to conduct individual research projects in psychology or social sciences.

Western Psychological Association Convention

The Western Psychological Association (WPA) is the regional arm of the American Psychological Association. Their annual convention of psychology professionals and students allows students to explore the range of activities and topics that psychology offers, and to learn cutting edge research in the field. Faculty facilitate the trip annually for students who are interested in attending.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Abnormal Psychology (A) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Abnormal Psychology (B) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Computation and Mindfulness(4-credit) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Computation and Mindfulness: An Exploration of Consciousness FR-SR
  • Spring
4, 12, 16
Computers and Cognition FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Consciousness: Eastern Philosophy of Mind and Contemplative Practices FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Dance of Consciousness FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Developing Management Skills: Building a Foundation FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Development as Freedom FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Diverse Issues in Social Work JR-SR
  • Spring
4
East-West Psychology: Transforming Destructive Thought/Emotion FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Ecopsychology FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Behavior JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Equity and Justice in Organizations FR-SR
  • Summer
4
European Philosophy: 20th and 21st Century JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Experimental Ensemble Theatre Lab FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Foundations of Well-Being JR-SR
  • Fall
8
Global Roots of Holistic Medicine FR-SR
  • Summer
4
History and Systems in Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Fall
4
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Spring
4
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Introduction to Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Investigating the Mind-Body: Physics and Methods of Medicine FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Leadership: When to Follow - When to Lead JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Lifespan Developmental Psychology FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Madness and Creativity: The Psychological Link FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Managing Organizational Conflict FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Mastering Inspiring Leadership in an Evolving Workplace FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Moving Toward Health: Holistic Medicine Pathways SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
14
Neurobiology and Consciousness: The Science and Study of the Mind SO-SR
  • Fall
16
On Liking SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
12, 16
Organizational Behavior: Attitude, Behavior, Impact FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Playing with Patterns FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Playing with Patterns FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Positive Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Psychology and Art: Digital Photography FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Psychology and Art: Digital Photography or Printmaking FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Psychology and Art: Printmaking FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Psychology and Cultures of Dreaming FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Psychology and Learning FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Psychology: Professional Conference FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Research Capstone in Psychology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
So You Want to Be a Psychologist FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Social Work Theory and Practice FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Statistics and Research Methods for Psychology and Other Social Sciences FR-SR
  • Summer
8
The Prison-Industrial Complex: Explorations in Social Psychology and Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
The Psychology of Death and Dying FR-SR
  • Winter
4
The Psychology of Working in Groups & Teams FR-SR
  • Summer
2
The Social Science of Happiness FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Theories of Personality (A) FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Theories of Personality (B) FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Therapy Through the Arts (daytime) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Therapy Through the Arts (evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Walking to Santiago de Compostela FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
What Are Schools For? FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Work and Disability: Minimizing the Human and Financial Impact of Disability FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Abnormal Psychology FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Advertising and Social Media JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Anthrozoology FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Arts and the Child: Early Childhood FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Consciousness, Dreams, and Everyday Life: Self, Other, World SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
EastWest Psychology: Destructive Mind/Emotion FR-SR
  • Winter
4
EastWest Psychology: Positive Mind/Emotion FR-SR
  • Fall
4
History and Systems in Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Introduction to Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Language, Math, and Mind FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Liberal Education in the College Bubble: Crossing the Political and Cultural Divide FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Mortality FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Multicultural Counseling JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment FR
  • Winter
16
Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment FR
  • Spring
16
Positive Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Psychology: Professional Conference FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Research Capstone in Psychology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
So You Want to Be a Psychologist FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Studio Arts for Expressive Arts Therapy: Developing Cultural Competence JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
The Addict Archetype SO-SR
  • Winter
4
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
The Essential Ingredients of Intercultural Competence FR-SR
  • Spring
16
The German Program: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Affect Studies, and Social Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Theories of Personality FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8