Psychology is a broad field. It is broad in content - topics include thinking, learning, social adjustment, perception, language, emotions and moods, attraction, aggression, mental illness, altruism, conflict, spirituality, sleep and dreams, prejudice, obedience, child rearing, and addiction. It is broad in approach - laboratory studies might include surveys, observation, physiological measurements, interviews, interventions, standardized test batteries; might study humans or animals; and may be approached from a social, cognitive, behavioral, physiological, developmental, or clinical perspective. It is broad in application - professional psychologists include researchers and teachers at universities; counselors helping individuals and groups in schools, private practice, and hospitals; consultants aiding organizations; and clinicians working with clients to address mental illnesses and addiction.
At Rollins, our students have an opportunity to experience the diversity of our field and find their own particular interests. Students can observe the development of social and cognitive skills of preschool children at the Child Development and Student Research Center, a laboratory school that serves as the focus for laboratory exercises in Developmental Psychology and other courses. Our students will also learn fundamental learning principles in our operant laboratory, dissect sheep brains in physiological psychology, discover more about themselves in Tests & Measurements, and work on cutting edge research as they work towards an honors in the major research project.
Looking to the future, one of the great benefits of a B.A. degree in psychology at Rollins College is the options available to our graduates. While some graduates may choose academic psychology, going on to graduate school, or applied psychology, in fields such as school psychology, forensic psychology, psychiatry, industrial/organization psychology, or counseling psychology, still others pursue careers in law, medicine, or business. Because psychology is the study of human behavior, and because psychology majors graduate with an understanding of the scientific method, the rules of logic, and an understanding of statistics, the psychology degree serves as a strong foundation for success in many fields within and beyond psychology.