Consider that leaders thrive when they can explain, predict and influence behavior. To lead successfully, you need to know what makes people "tick," and that includes understanding yourself as well as others. Psychology majors master the intellectual skills this task requires. People and human nature are the subject matter in Psychology. The program provides a firm foundation on which to build as you continue to develop as a leader throughout a lifetime.
Leaders teach, train and counsel. Good Teaching and training enhance proficiency and build the self-confidence necessary to confront difficult tasks. Sensitive and insightful counseling insures discipline, lifts morale and promotes the cohesion essential to keep going under the most stressful conditions.The Psychology Program will help you acquire these skills. You will start by learning how to frame questions, generate alternative solutions, gain information and make decisions. You will then learn how people learn and develop; finally, you will use this knowledge to learn how to help others develop and become more effective in their service to the nation.
Would you like someone from the Psychology Major to contact you?
COL Diane Ryan (845) 938-5031
I still think that the B.S. in Psychology is the most applicable degree a young leader can depart West Point with today. Bottom line: This is a people-centric profession; learn how people tick and you will have a substantial edge over those who do not!
- MAJ Andrew Decker, '02, Military Intelligence
I have always held to the idea that we, as leaders in the military, are in the business of "people." Learning about human behavior and how to alter that behavior (if needed) has been instrumental in my professional experiences thus far.
- CPT Matt Pratt '06, Armor
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Psychology Major Coursework (Core Classes)
Cadets can find specific course information in the Dean's Redbook