PSYCHOLOGY & HUMAN BEHAVIOR

Understand Human Nature

The BA degree in Psychology and Human Behavior undertakes a strong interdisciplinary approach to explore the human mind — our thinking, habits, decisions, and actions — as well as aspects of human communication and interaction in larger social settings. The program starts with an introduction of the key concepts and debates in psychology and neuropsychology before expanding into areas of cognitive science, as well as developmental and social psychology.

In addition to attaining a solid theoretical base of knowledge, the program places significant emphasis on analyzing real-world issues and exploring possible solutions to real-life situations. The curriculum includes a set of electives that explore human behavior alongside various social sciences topics. Courses discuss how humans receive and process information in particular contexts, how we learn and interact with each other at the individual and group level, and how we take decisions and actions, also considering the development of the human’s moral sense, individuality, and motivation.

This way the NewU Psychology and Human Behavior major equips graduates with a set of practical skills which empower them to start their professional careers in a variety of business, government, and non-government organizations. Students will be able to undertake analytical and hands-on projects in a variety of fields which require understanding of human behavior such as human resources, education, consumer behavior, customer relations, and more. Graduating students will be well-equipped to continue with graduate and postgraduate studies in different areas of psychology or other social sciences, should they choose to pursue advanced studies. While all students in the major will be introduced to discipline-specific methods of inquiry and experimentation, Third-Year Students may choose to engage in meaningful original research, and complete a senior thesis as their final work in the major.

Required and Elective Courses

required for major

electives towards the major

Learning Outcomes

NewU Students majoring in Psychology & Human Behavior will graduate being able to:

  • Discuss and apply key disciplinary concepts in a variety of contexts
  • Understand the biological basis of behavior
  • Understand the complex impact of cognitive, social and cultural factors on the mind and its functioning
  • Apply scientific reasoning in exploring psychological and social phenomena
  • Attain knowledge and understanding of key research methods and experimental design
  • Critique scientific research and findings
  • Develop a complex picture of oneself and others, as well as the neurological and social conditions of their interaction
  • Refine one’s own communication skills based on improved understanding of others
  • Observe and maintain professional ethical standards
  • Build self-awareness and empathy
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