Psychology is the study of our thinking, feeling, and behaving.
It is the study of human beings, by far the most complex phenomenon on the planet. Cabrillo College offers a diverse program with several goals: 1) to expose students to the various subfields in psychology; 2) to engender knowledge of and appreciation for scientific inquiry; 3) to facilitate insight into oneself and increase knowledge of and sensitivity to others; and 4) to introduce students to the basic body of knowledge, thus preparing them for further study in psychology.
Because the field of psychology is broad and diverse, psychologists work in a variety of settings. Most psychologists have a master's degree or a Ph.D. Usually this requires two to six years of study after a bachelor's degree.
Psychologists may teach, conduct research, perform psychological testing, or do consultation in many settings, including hospitals, social service agencies, businesses, industries, and universities. Applied psychology integrates theory, research and practice to help people with decision-making, close relationships, death and dying, and other issues. Applied psychology helps to produce superior job performance in the human services, education, and many other fields.