Understanding human behavior

Psychology is defined as, “the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.”

Psychology helps us better interact with our friends and family, assists corporations in understanding their employees and customers, and even allows us to better understand ourselves.

At Indiana University Kokomo, you’ll study the basic principles of human behavior and cognition, while learning to research, write, and speak effectively. You’ll take engaging classes and form one-on-one relationships with faculty mentors and students who share your interests and aspirations.  In addition, you’ll learn through hands-on, close-up experiences while conducting an independent research project or working closely with a faculty member to secure an internship that will put you on the path to your dream career.


What will I study?

In the Department of Psychology at IU Kokomo, you’ll study a full range of topics that will help you to understand the major theoretical approaches to human behavior and cognition; gain the ability to gather, analyze, synthesize, and apply your knowledge; acquire a healthy skepticism of conclusions presented without supporting data; and learn how to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.

Topics of study include:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Neuroscience
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Take part in the KEY Experience

At IU Kokomo, we believe in giving you the opportunity to take your learning outside the classroom and into the real world. The KEY (Kokomo Experience and You) program offers Cougars the unique chance to gain first-hand, real-world experience and knowledge in the careers and fields they dream of entering.

In the Department of Psychology, you’ll travel to and take part in professional conferences, networking with leaders from all over. Visit Austria and the Netherlands to learn about mental health services overseas, or stop by the zoo to learn how psychology is used to care for animals!

Get involved

In the Department of Psychology, you’ll be encouraged to get involved in campus activities and organizations outside of the classroom. Join the Psychology Club and meet students who share your interests, or join Psi Chi, the psychology honor society, as an upperclassman. There are many more clubs, organizations, and opportunities to explore on IUKLife!

What careers are open to me?

Learning about the human brain and how people work is an important factor in furthering our understanding of ourselves. If you’re intrigued by the field of psychology, and are wondering what careers are possible after graduation, you’ll find a wide range of opportunities available to you.

The Department of Psychology at IU Kokomo prepares graduates for life after graduation, and our alumni have gone on to careers including:

  • Market research analyst
  • Project manager
  • Parole officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Case manager
  • Researcher
  • Human resources professional
  • Applied behavioral therapist
  • Management

Ready to get started?

If you are interested in joining the Department of Psychology, we encourage you to reach out to our Office of Admissions to learn more about the application process, and explore our Degree Map to see what courses await you!