Psychology – UCSC Majors

Psychology – UCSC Majors


hello my name is Campbell Leaper and I’m
a professor in the UC Santa Cruz psychology department psychology is one
of the most popular undergraduate majors at most colleges and that’s true at UC
Santa Cruz we’re happy that our students come from diverse backgrounds also
approximately one-half of our students are the first generation in their
families to attend college which we think is terrific once you graduate
with your Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology there are a variety of
occupations that you might pursue some examples of fields that might interest
ecology majors include counseling and psychotherapy education research
business and law technology fields social services and health fields many
of these occupations will require a master’s degree or other advanced degree
most master’s degrees take about two years as you probably know psychology is
a scientific discipline that focuses on understanding our thinking and behavior
in contrast to much of the popular or pop psychology that you can sometimes
find in books and websites the material in your psychology courses is based on
scientific research evidence our faculty are amongst the world’s leading experts
conducting scientific research in psychology among our full-time faculty
we have three areas in which you will be taking courses first this includes
cognitive psychology cognitive psychology focuses on mental processes
some of the research topics that our cognitive psychology foot study include
perception memory and how people use and understand language a second area is
social psychology social psychology addresses how people’s behavior is
effected in social situations and by the larger society for example some of the
topics studied by our faculty include group conflict school belonging sexual
violence and the psychological impacts of poverty and racism and our third
group of full-time faculty are in developmental psychology developmental
psychology considers the same kinds of topics covered in cognitive psychology
and social psychology except there’s an emphasis on how cognition and behavior
change during development this includes child and adolescent development as well
as adult development in addition to cognitive developmental and social
psychology our department also offers courses in clinical psychology clinical
psychology addresses issues related to understanding and treating psychological
disorders for example we offer courses in abnormal psychology health psychology
and clinical psychology these courses are taught by part-time instructors who
usually also have other jobs as clinicians in addition to your required
courses I also want to encourage you to consider some optional courses that you
may take usually in your junior senior year first this includes our psych 193
field study program in field studies students pursue an internship in the
community for course credit second in our psych 194 research internship students
assist psychology faculty and graduate students in their research studies for
course credit students find these experiences very satisfying you get to
work closely with other psychology students and their faculty also these
internships can be helpful ways to get letters of recommendation after you
graduate we’ll tell you more about these opportunities later in the video
in general I hope you find ways to get involved while you’re a student here at
UC Santa Cruz both in the major as well as the larger University so finally I
want to just close by wishing you all the best as a psychology major and as a
UC Santa Cruz student my name is Rebecca Covarrubias faculty member here in the
Department of Psychology at UC Santa I’m also the director of the culture and
achievement collaborative which my students call the collab and what we
do is research educational equity if you’re a student in my lab one thing that you
might help us with is developing tools like surveys or interviews to really
understand the student experience and so you might also help us analyze some of
that data so that we can then share it with campus audiences so that they know
how to better support students here at UC Santa Cruz my name is Nick davidenko
and I am a faculty in the psychology department my lab studies high level
perception and that means perceptual processes that involve either the
representation of complex information like faces and objects or the
integration of multiple sensories like auditory and visual or visual and
vestibular and how our attention expectations and knowledge affect what
we perceive we study perception by using virtual reality eye tracking computer
simulations and behavioral studies in my lab we have graduate students and
undergraduates who assist in every aspect of the research process some of
the undergraduates work on senior theses and design their own experiments and
several of the undergraduates also become co-authors on publications and
poster presentations at conferences hi I’m Su-hua Wang faculty in the
psychology department and I direct the infant development lab we study how
babies and young children learn in everyday activity with parents and
communities for example how babies and young children learn with experience of
toys books and Technology and how these experiences may influence their ways of
learning undergraduate research assistants in our
lab have plenty of opportunities to be engaged in all aspects of research
including design studies for the lab or going to baby’s home to observe their
everyday activities as well as coding and analyzing the data here we go
trial two this is Sam you can play with him hi my name is Sarah and I’m a
graduating senior here at UCSC I’m working in the peer advising program
right now which is a field study placement I’ve been doing it since last
spring and I’m still here so obviously I really enjoyed it as a peer advisor we
help students in terms of figuring out their schedules cleaning out their
classes and sort of just giving our own personal experience since we are
students as well as as well as peer advising we also have other programs in
the field study like working in a preschool in terms of positive
discipline gardening mindfulness working in a mental health facility working in a
group home for girls who are in foster care and then also working with the
Santa Cruz County of Education in terms of alternative education so field study
is a really really great opportunity in my opinion you have a really huge range
of things that you can do so there’s something out there for everybody it’s a
great opportunity you meet a lot of great people and you gain a lot of
valuable experience so I would recommend it


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