Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes and is traditionally a popular field of study. By the very nature of the profession, psychology is a service vocation. This major fits well with Waldorf's mission of "instilling values of service, community, critical inquiry, and lifelong learning."
A bachelor's degree in psychology prepares students to be well-rounded, educated individuals as it reflects many of the goals of a liberal arts education by providing:
- A knowledge base
- Critical thinking skills
- Analytical reasoning skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Ethical values
The intent of the psychology program is to provide a comprehensive plan of study that will introduce students to many subfields of psychology and prepare them for careers in a number of human services careers as well as graduate and professional programs. Graduate degrees are required to pursue licensure as a psychologist, counselor, or social worker. Waldorf College psychology majors should be prepared to enter these degree programs upon graduation. Through graduate studies, students may choose to specialize in areas including clinical, experimental, developmental, social, cognitive, human factors, sports, industrial/organizational, health, and forensics.
Estimated time of completion of this program is 4 years for full-time students.
Students considering graduate school for Psychology are strongly advised to enroll in the B.A. program, rather than the B.A.S. program.
*Any Waldorf courses may be selected from the catalog and course schedule to be used as electives, provided that they are not used to satisfy other program requirements. The following are sample electives—it is recommended that 12 Psychology electives be taken from this list. A concentration is recommended, and the concentration options listed below may also be used toward elective credits.