Psychology studies the mind and behavior. An applied science, it is unique among the disciplines. The psychologist attempts to understand individual and group behavior through the examination of general principles applied to specific cases.

TCLA offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology that prepares students to pursue graduate study and careers in a variety of fields, including social work, education, law, the rabbinate, or medicine, in addition to continued studies in psychology.

What You’ll Learn

Our program helps students think critically and compassionately about both applied and theoretical psychology, in areas such as human development, industrial organizational psychology, cognition, perception and personality. We will train you to see the relevance of psychology to the understanding of individual and social experience.

We closely examine the ethical principles and implications of psychological theory and practice. Through required courses and electives such as Introduction to Counseling and Therapy, Personality Psychology, and Cognition and Memory, students develop a keen understanding of normal and abnormal behavior.

Our coursework is carefully structured to give you the skills to:

  • be able to summarize the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
  • describe how psychology utilizes the scientific method, research design, and analysis
  • demonstrate information literacy and technology competency in the field of psychology
  • apply psychological principles to personal, social and organization issues
  • weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect the values that are the underpinning of the discipline of psychology
  • use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific method to discern, evaluate and criticize specific issues in psychology
  • articulate through verbal and written communication the theories, concepts and applications of the field of psychology
  • recognize, understand and respect socio-cultural and international diversity, especially in regards to its impact on psychology.