Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

Psychology

Overview

Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. UH West O‘ahu offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology that integrates practical mental health applications with current theory. Students select courses from four clusters: human development; social psychology; experimental psychology; and clinical and applied psychology. The program culminates with a final senior seminar capstone course that is designed to guide students in the research and writing of a review paper on a topic of psychology. Through these course offerings, students will gain a strong understanding of psychological theory and methodology, while developing effective analytical and interpersonal skills. Courses are offered in-class and through distance learning instruction.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates who complete the concentration in Psychology from UH West O‘ahu will be able to:

  • Demonstrate clear and effective writing about Psychology in APA style.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, systems and philosophical foundations of Psychology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how statistics are applied in Psychology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Psychological research methods and ethics.
  • Demonstrate psychological knowledge about human development, social/cultural phenomena, clinical applications or experimental research.
  • Think critically about psychological literature, theory, methods or applications.

Careers and Earning Potential

In addition to critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills, Psychology students form a deep understanding of human behavior. As a result, many psychology graduates find employment in a variety of human services positions, such as academic or career advisor, case manager, child care worker, community organizer, human resources administrator, probation officer, youth counselor, and behavior analyst. Graduates have also found employment as market researchers, consultants, advertising executives, teachers, and public relations professionals. According to the College Board’s College Handbook, about half of Psychology degree holders work in business and non-profit organizations, 16 percent with the government, 14 percent in educational institutions, 13 percent are self-employed, and 9 percent in private charitable organizations.

Upon completion of the Psychology concentration, students are well-prepared for graduate study in psychology and related fields. An advanced degree and certification is required to practice as a licensed psychologist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for psychologists is strong. Job prospects within the field of psychology are expected to increase by 15 percent through 2016. Demand for psychologists will continue to be particularly high in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse clinics, private practices, and consulting firms. In 2006, the median salary of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists was $59,440, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $102,730.

For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors website.

Student Clubs

The UH West O‘ahu Psychology Club is a general interest club that provides an opportunity for students to network and learn about careers in psychology, local employment/internship opportunities and graduate schools. In addition, students develop leadership, organizational and other professional skills, as well as enjoy fellowship through social and fundraising activities outside of the classroom. Students may also apply for membership to Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, which is affiliated with the American Psychological Association. Its purpose is to encourage, stimulate and maintain scholarship in psychology and to promote scientific advancement in the field.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Richard Castillo
Professor
(808) 689-2373
rcastill@hawaii.edu

Dr. Richard Langford
Professor
(808) 689-2375
rlangfor@hawaii.edu

Dr. Chris Goode
Assistant Professor
(808) 689-2396
goodec@hawaii.edu

Dr. Allyson Gilles
Assistant Professor
(808) 689-2489
agilles@hawaii.edu

Dr. Mark Hopper
Assistant Professor
(808) 689-2490
hopperm@hawaii.edu