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.
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.
The Nature and Evolution of Human Psychology
Fall 2013 & Winter 2014
The human mind is perhaps the most fascinating, and least understood, product of Darwinian evolution. In this program we will endeavor to understand how the mind functions and why it has come to work in the way that it has. We will study human psychology as modern empirical science has come to understand it, and we will combine that hybrid model with a consideration of the evolutionary path humans have traversed, as well as a deep investigation of those portions of evolutionary theory most relevant to hominid cognition, perception and behavior. Our program will seek to unify important conclusions from multiple schools of thought within psychology as we consider humans from a broadly cross-cultural perspective.
Offerings for 2014-15
As a student at Evergreen, you'll select from programs like the ones listed here to build your own education. While there are no specific course requirements, you can choose to develop an Area of Emphasis with help from advisors and faculty.
Programs for Freshmen and Sophomores
- Consciousness: Pathways to the Self (Freshman-Only Program)
- Small Things: Intimate Inquiries into Everyday Life
- The Social Animal
Programs for Juniors and Seniors
- Making Change Happen
- Making Change Happen (8 credit option of 16 credit program)
- Multicultural Counseling: A Holistic Perspective
Both upper and lower division students may take these programs
- Abnormal Psychology (Sophomore - Senior)
- Health: A Biopsychosocial Inquiry (Sophomore - Senior)
- History and Systems in Psychology (Sophomore - Senior)
- Meaning, Satisfaction, Fulfillment, Service: Applied Psychology in the Workplace (Sophomore - Senior)
- Positive Psychology (A) (Freshmen - Senior)
- Positive Psychology (B) (Freshmen - Senior)
- Psychology and Mindfulness (Sophomore - Senior)
- Psychology and Mindfulness (4 credit component of 16 credit program) (Sophomore - Senior)
- So You Want to be a Psychologist (Freshmen - Senior)
- Theories of Personality (Sophomore - Senior)
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 and 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.
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 of cutting edge research in the field. Faculty facilitate the trip annually for students who are interested in attending.