Psychology

 

Chair: Assist. Prof. Alev YALÇINKAYA

Department of Psychology

The discipline of psychology studies human mental processes and behavior both at the individual and group levels. It has many subfields, each focusing on a different aspect of the complex organism, ranging from the study of child development to the study of cognitive processes in aging, from the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior to the study of productivity in industry. The aim of the department is to give the student a liberal education while introducing the basic theoretical perspectives and empirical research in the different areas of the field. The program is designed to give the students a scientific outlook, a solid background in psychology and basic research skills that will enable them to pursue further study, or work in a variety of contexts. The students are also required to take part in "social projects" to develop a sense of social responsibility and contribute to the welfare of the community.

In addition to the required set of core courses, the program provides the option for 7 departmental electives and 8-10 unrestricted electives, thereby giving the students considerable freedom to structure their programs to fit their particular interests as well as to form a multidisciplinary approach. A total of 144 credits are required for graduation.

The specialization of the department is in the areas of Cognitive-Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychology, Cultural Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology. There is a psychology laboratory where faculty and students carry out research on the acquisition and loss basic cognitive, affective and behavioral skills.

The Department also has Double Major Programs with the Departments of Political Science and International Relations, Business Administration and Economics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Turkish Language and Literature Teaching, History, English Language and Literature, English Language Teaching, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Public Relations and Publicity, Advertising Design and Communication, Nursing and Health Services, Nutritions and Dietetics, Theatre and Faculty of Law.

Graduates of the program with a B.A. can utilize their research skills in academic environments, consultancy firms or other organizations doing qualitative and quantitative research. They can find employment in the fields of public relations and media, human resources, advertising, marketing, and nongovernmental organizations engaged in community and social work, in preschool or school settings, or in special education, to name a few. For work in the clinical and counseling areas an M.A or further degree is required.

 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

LO 1. Mastering the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and historical trends of psychology as a scientific discipline.

LO 2. Demonstrating familiarity with the subfields of psychology and their methods and applications.

LO 3. Incorporating the theories and empirical bases of psychology.

LO 4. Comparing the similarities and differences of other scientific disciplines with psychology, understanding their potential contribution to psychology, and develop an awareness of interdisciplinary studies.

LO 5. Understanding the basic characteristics and principles of psychological research, and research ethics.

LO 6. Understanding the basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data collection, data analysis and explanation by using recent information technologies.

LO 7. Designing and conducting research studies to answer psychological questions by using relevant research methods, knowledge and skills.

LO 8. Learning to access knowledge, to use it effectively, to review interdisciplinary literature, and to use the relevant database and other resources.

LO 9. Applying critical thinking and scientific approach to understand theories, research methods and applications in psychology.

LO 10. Developing analytical, critical and creative thinking and expression—being both logical and fluent.

LO 11. Developing an awareness of potential application areas of main research findings in psychology.

LO 12. Incorporating theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of psychology and its related areas of specialization.

LO 13. Learning the application areas and methods of psychology, and understanding the importance of the commitment to the professional code of ethics.

LO 14. Integrating psychological knowledge and theories to produce social, cultural and theoretical explanations within the framework of professional code of ethics. Exhibiting an awareness of social sensitivity and individual responsibility.

LO 15. Working effectively both as a team, as well as independently.

LO 16. Thinking, reading, writing, and communicating in English effectively.