From cells to society, discovering explanations for thought and behavior from different angles, with diverse lenses.
Psychology concerns the study of thoughts, feelings, and behavior, which covers a wide-range of phenomena in humans and other species. As an academic discipline, it has strong traditions, formal curricula, and career pathways rooted in theory, empirical research using scientific methodology, and systematic applications of psychological knowledge to understand the human experience, including oneself and one's interactions with others. These characteristics help to differentiate psychology from other fields of study. At Occidental, students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to sustain their exploration of psychology during and beyond college.