Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. Psychologists study all aspects of the human experience — ranging from neurons to nations, from infancy to older adulthood. Psychologists focus on understanding behavior, and psychology is practiced in every conceivable setting, including scientific research centers, mental health care services, courtrooms, and schools. Psychology courses prepare students for graduate study and provide a strong supporting area for those majoring in religion, sociology, education, business, pre-medicine, and other social service areas.
At Ouachita, the psychology faculty strive to help each student reach her or his goals, whether those goals include becoming a neuroscientist or working in a childcare center. Ouachita psychology courses incorporate the most up-to-date psychological research and theories, and our courses are interactive, engaging, and practical. Faculty emphasize opportunities for students to gain hands-on research experience. Every OBU psychology major will design and carry out an original research project as part of a year-long Research Methods course, and many students opt to participate further by working on faculty members’ research teams or by completing a senior-level independent project or an Honors thesis.
OBU students’ research has been well received by psychologists outside the university: OBU students recently presented their work at regional, national, and international conferences in Albuquerque, Austin, Memphis, New Orleans, and Palm Springs, and some have authored articles in scientific journals. In the last five years alone, OBU psychology majors have gone on to a range of Masters programs (including a 2007 graduate who enrolled at the University of Southern California) as well as several excellent doctoral programs, including City University of New York, Florida State University, Texas A&M University, the University of Florida, the University of Minnesota, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Tennessee. Among our 2008 graduates are students now enrolled in doctoral programs at Baylor University, Northern Illinois University, and Washington University, as well as a student who accepted a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).