Southwestern College


General Description

Psychology is both a natural and social science in which people study human and animal behavior. As such, it is a broad department which includes basic science and the application of basic science in everyday life. Learning concentrates on the use of scientific methods to understand and predict behavior, to develop procedures for changing behavior, and to evaluate treatment strategies. Areas of study within psychology are social psychology, developmental psychology, comparative psychology, cognitive psychology, organizational psychology, counseling psychology, and experimental psychology.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the psychology major. A few of these require an associate degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: personnel manager, drug abuse counselor, research assistant, research analyst, psychometrics, marriage/family/child counselor, high school or college counselor or instructor, test validation and development specialist, personnel technician, training specialist, outreach worker, behavior analyst, consultant, opinion survey designer, mental health worker, employment counselor, and psychologist.

Degree/Certificate Options

Full-Time Faculty:

Christopher Hayashi, Ed.D.,
Jan Koontz Ph.D., 
Danielle McAneney M.A.,
Thomas Murray, Ph.D.,
Lina Rocha, M.A.,

Department Chair

Chris Hayashi Ed.D.,
Room 450E
619-421-6700 ext 5683

Last updated: 9/7/2016 4:55:41 PM