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Introduction to the Major
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The Psychology major provides an opportunity to examine the human mind, and questions the essence of human nature. It offers students and the university community a dynamic forum to approach a fundamental subject of academic inquiry from empirical and experiential perspectives, and is a place to explore the foundations of specialized psychological research and interdisciplinary research as the vertical and horizontal axes of this major. As part of a university that offers Liberal Arts education of an international standard, the major aims to cultivate human resources that can compete on an international scale.
The history of psychology is the accumulation of ideas and scientific methods for inquiring into the essence of human nature and principles of human behavior. Students begin the major by gaining a common understanding of this historical background, and proceed through the following stages:
Students learn central psychological theories and acquire fundamental methodologies of research. The first goal of the major is the acquisition of fundamental theories and basic research methodologies in a wide range of psychological fields including perception, cognition, biology, neurology, learning, language, developmental psychology, personality, education, counseling, clinical practices, organizations, communities, societies, cultures, and religions.
Students develop their understandings of advanced modern psychology, and cultivate the capabilities to speculate about modern society from the perspective of the human mind. Modern psychology's interdisciplinary character is applied to a Liberal Arts education in order to seek liaison with disciplines such as education, biology, medicine, linguistics, law, geography, history, ethics, philosophy, social science, communications, and information science. The second goal of the major is to understand psychology and be capable of using it as a foundation for academic inquiry in the broader field of Liberal Arts.
Students majoring in Psychology extend and deepen their relationships with the world by reassessing various social phenomena of modern society from a psychological perspective and conducting their own research based on their approaches. Students can use their experiences in defining a specific research project, conducting data collection, and using data analysis as the basis for academic discussion on the relationship between society and the "mind" as a base for creative development of their own lives as individuals.
The goal for Psychology graduates is to have an understanding of both the idea of an individual's personality - in other words, how the mind works - and the dynamics of organizations, societies and furthermore, international society , and thereby to cultivate their ability to contribute to world peace as "global citizens."
In order to achieve this goal, it is important to facilitate not only students' capacity to meaningfully contribute to the field of psychological research but also their understanding of spirituality and religiosity, their international communication skills, and their capacity to engage actively in interpersonal relationships and organizational operations internationally.