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Are you curious about why and how people think, feel, remember, believe and behave the way they do? Why some people in the same situation will perceive and react very differently from others, but also why some situations influence us to behave in ways that we might not even predict ourselves? How social experiences shape who we become and why some people lose their way as they struggle with mental health issues? Joining one of the most popular majors/minors at Linfield University, you will develop the knowledge and skills to answer these types of questions in the classroom and out-of-class experiences, such as internships or independent or collaborative research with expert faculty.

Visit the Psychology Department

As a psychology major at Linfield

you might take:

Drugs and Behavior

Explore how drugs impact brain and behavior and drive addiction by changing learning, cognitive, and social processes. Also discover how drugs influence mental health conditions. (PSYC 325)

Seminar in Abnormal Psychology

Critically examine and analyze research and clinical issues in the field of clinical psychology including how we study and classify dysfunctional behavior and understand its’ causes and treatment. (PSYC 381)

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

In this course you will journey through life from conception through adolescence. You will acquire a greater understanding of the behavior, thoughts, and emotions of babies, children, and adolescents. (PSYC 286)

Studying psychology at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to read and comment on primary research in psychology.

    The ability to design, carry out and evaluate research in psychology.

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  • Developed a basic understanding of major areas of psychology such as development, personality, social, cognition, biopsychology, abnormal psychology; including knowledge of psychology as an evidence-based, scientific discipline

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  • Gained knowledge in personally identified and selected specialties in psychology.

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  • Learned to apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.

    Explored potential professional opportunities beyond graduation.

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  • The ability to effectively communicate (oral and written) discipline-specific content.

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Intern in all areas of psychology

Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills. Some companies where psychology majors at Linfield have found internship placements include:

  • Maui Family Support Services
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • Henderson House Domestic Abuse Resource Center
  • Juliette's House Child Abuse Assessment Center

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Have questions about studying psychology at Linfield? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Lee Bakner
Lee Bakner
Department Chair and Professor
Pioneer Hall