Department of Philosophy and Psychology
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
— Carl Rogers, American Psychologist (1902 –1987) From On Becoming a Person, 1961
Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Psychology Website, and the fascinating world of philosophy and human psychology!
Our philosophy program introduces students to the human struggle for meaning, examining the history of philosophical, moral, and political thought in an exciting and engaging way. The study of philosophy significantly contributes to the education of self-fulfilled individuals and responsible citizens, exposing them to moral decision-making processes through the study of existential questions, ethical dilemmas and political issues. Thus, our philosophy courses empower students to critically approach any subject of investigation, think in a logical, linear, well-organized way, and formulate sound and convincing arguments. These skills are essential not only in philosophical analysis, but also in other fields and careers, such as business, marketing, communications, politics, IT, and still others.
As regards our psychology program, our goal is to introduce students to the study of psychology in an increasingly complex, global, and interactive world. Studying psychology will increase your understanding of the role of individual and group psychology in what we think, feel, and behave. Understanding how we think, feel and behave, both as individuals and in relation with others will help you to apply psychological concepts to your university studies, and perhaps to better understand yourself and others.
Our program provides a broad-based introduction to psychology that is applicable to a wide variety of careers as with a secondary major or minor program. This creates a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue advanced studies in various areas of specialization within psychology and related disciplines. We start with introductions to the field of psychology, psychology research methods, and social psychology. From there, students can choose to study a variety of subjects that interest them: human development, cognitive psychology and the physiological foundations that make psychological experience possible. We also explore abnormal psychology, the study of personality, and the psychology of social change – because it is not enough to simply understand the world, but to change it.
Our psychology program works in conjunction with courses in the Business and Political Science programs. Psychology faculty can work with students to create a Senior Thesis to compliment a dual major, or an advanced independent study program to explore their own interests.
Through the psychology program we give great importance to strengthening general skills including: the critical analysis of human action and experience in the light of social, cultural and historical conditions; the ability to understand different perspectives on an issue, and to take a reasoned stance in controversies; the application of psychological theory to practical situations and contemporary problems.
Psychological knowledge is crucial to different professional fields: supporting mental health, quality of life and people with disability through individual and group intervention; designing and developing educational programs for children or adults; supporting organizations in the participatory management of work.