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Psychology is the scientific study of individual human behavior and mental processes. As a discipline, psychology uses scientific research methodology to understand the physiological, cognitive, and social processes that influence behavior. Scientific research methods assist psychologists in evaluating behavioral data and solving human problems such as those associated with development over the life span, brain functioning, learning, memory, psychopathology, and personality.

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CINDY STEVENSON-MC CLURE

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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


DEVON GUSTAFSON

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Clarkston Campus
1470 Bridge Street
Clarkston, WA 99403


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Mission

The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.

Program Outcomes

  • The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
  • Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).

Preparation for Success

A major in psychology is strengthened by studies in research and statistics, as well as courses in anatomy and physiology.