Psychology DepartmentRenee Countryman, Chair

How does a person come to distinguish fact from fiction? A goal of majoring or minoring in psychology is learning which claims about human behavior and human nature are consistently supported by research. This process involves learning not only what is true of human behavior, but also what is typical of human behavior. Thus, a major or minor in psychology should enable you to sift through the various claims of opinion, folk tales, speculation, commonsense and junk science and come up with a reasoned and informed decision based upon your knowledge of the research literature. As a psychology student you will learn to be a wise consumer of behavioral information.