Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Inquiries in psychology include how we are influenced by others, why we become the persons that we are, how our brains work, and why people sometimes behave in seemingly unusual or even bizarre ways. The study of psychology seeks to understand people both out of curiosity and for numerous applied reasons, ranging from business management to promoting personal wellbeing. Psychology is relevant to everything that humans do and has strong links to other disciplines in the liberal arts, including social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.
The Psychology major at Yale-NUS is designed both to provide an overview of the discipline as well as to encourage students to delve more deeply into specific aspects of psychology such as human development, social behaviour, how our brains work and the application of psychology to questions of mental and physical health. Students in the Psychology major will be prepared for doing advanced study in psychology and related disciplines as well as professions in both the public and private sector that are concerned with understanding and managing human behaviour, including social work, health issues, or personnel management in business organisations.