A degree in psychology provides students with a scientific framework for understanding human behavior and mental processes. The department offers foundational coursework in general and lifespan development psychology, and core content in personality, cognitive psychology, statistics, social psychology, research methods, and biological psychology. A number of electives are open to students including those with a focus on abnormal psychology, the psychology of gender, health psychology, the psychology of sexuality, introduction to counseling, the science of happiness (study abroad), and psychosocial aspects of aging. Students then choose a capstone course with an emphasis on their own primary research, an internship/fieldwork experience, or a deeper dive into the history and systems of psychology. The department uses an empirical approach to the study of psychology and emphasizes using the scientific method in the quest to understand human behavior.