“The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a view which springs from our psychic wholeness, from the co-operation between conscious and unconscious. Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable—perhaps everything.” — Carl Gustav Jung
You, the Human Animal
Psychology is a discipline that focuses exclusively on you, the human animal. The discipline focuses upon the many factors that interact to shape the ways in which we experience ourselves, others and the world around us. Our questions about human behavior and mental processes are gained through research that utilizes the scientific method of inquiry. All realms of individual experience can be explored ranging from how our brain and nervous system works to our search for meaning and a greater understanding of the nature of human consciousness.
A Diverse Program
Psychology courses at Woodland Community College offer a diverse program with several goals in mind:
- To expose students to the variety of sub-fields in psychology;
- to engender knowledge of, and appreciation for, the spirit and nature of scientific inquiry;
- to facilitate insight into oneself and increase knowledge of, and sensitivity to, others;
- to introduce students to the basic body of knowledge, thus preparing them for further study in Psychology.
Many Career Options
Those pursuing psychology as a field of study will find many career options that are focused upon helping others to understand, predict, and influence their own behavior and the behavior of others. Psychologists may teach, conduct research, perform psychological testing, or do consultation in a variety of settings which include hospitals, businesses, private practice, personnel offices, industry, colleges and universities, and government. Training in Psychology provides a valuable foundation for professions wherein interpersonal interactions are a component of the work setting.