The study of human behavior

Understand the world one person at a time

Model of the human brain against a white background

At FLC, Psychology is about more than just counseling; as a Psychology major, you’ll also study animals, race, humor, sex, culture, and compassion. Through personalized courses, community involvement, and research opportunities, you’ll seek to understand difficult issues and graduate equipped to make your community better one person at a time.

Kate Suazo, Psychology, ’17

"Not only did I find the space to explore my passions, I was also given the chance to form powerful relationships with my professors and mentors, who helped me become the person I am."

Psychology field school

Get firsthand experience in clinical and forensic psychology in a professional setting. You’ll start with a one-week orientation, and then head to Colorado’s Front Range for five weeks of participation in an outpatient psychology clinic, state hospital, or jail setting. You’ll have the opportunity to conduct client interviews, practice diagnostic techniques, use forensic tools, plan client treatment, and participate in psychotherapy groups.

This opportunity is organized by Brian Burke, Professor of Psychology, each year. Get details, including prerequisites and costs, on his faculty website.

 

Coursework

Young adults in a group therapy session

As a Psychology major, you’ll gain a broad foundation for the study of human behavior. You’ll take courses in human development, social and community psychology, the mind and the brain, topics of human diversity, as well as courses that place the field of psychology in its social and historical context, and explore particular applications of its theories.

Download the graduation requirement checklist and explore course descriptions in the catalog.

 

Experience psychology on campus

Psychology Field School isn’t the only hands-on opportunity. Some faculty hire teaching assistants to help with a class, giving you experience in teaching psychological concepts. Additionally, most of our faculty conduct their research through Senior Research classes. Best of all, these experiences set the stage for mentoring relationships, some of which span many years beyond graduation.

Teaching Assistants

Typically, you must have already completed the course for which you’d like to be a TA. You can receive independent study or other credits or receive work-study if you are eligible. One course credit roughly translates into three hours of work as a TA. Contact the faculty member you’re interested in working with to find out if they’re looking for a TA.

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Research Assistants

The best place to start, if you’re interested in being an RA, is to find out what faculty members are researching. Check out their profiles online or visit them in office hours. If something lines with your own curiosity, ask them if they are looking for RAs.

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The road ahead

Adolescent youth talking with their counselor in the counselor's office

Understanding human behavior is useful anywhere. A Fort Lewis College psychology degree sets you up for further studies or to enter the job market at a distinct advantage.

Imagine yourself as a:

  • Case manager
  • Non-profit director
  • Campaign manager
  • Academic advisor
  • Addiction counselor
  • Parole officer
  • Professional advocate