Psychology Department

Science of the mind

Learning. Intelligence. Human development. Motivation. All these areas of study – and many more – comprise the field of psychology, the science of the mind. Psychology classes at JCCC not only help students learn about the human brain and its role in mental processes, but also may lead to other helpful, life-long skills as well. 

Brad Redburn, professor and co-chair, psychology, started his college career as a communications major. He switched his attention to psychology when he realized he had unknowingly taken so many classes in psychology, he was only six credits away from a bachelor’s degree. 

“My natural interest in the human condition had led me to take courses I was interested in within the psychology program,” he said. He switched his focus to psychology permanently, receiving his doctorate degree in the field. 

Communications and psychology are still linked, however, as Redburn explained. 

“Students will fine tune their interpersonal and communications skills when pursuing a psychology degree,” Redburn said. 

Other skills psychology students learn include: 

  • The politics of the workplace. Social Psychology and Applied Psychology present useful research on why and how the workplace works.
  • The mind-body connection. Learning, motivation and human development are explored in classes such as Human Development, Health Psychology and Child Development.
  • Research and analysis. The study of psychology not only expands one’s understanding of people but also allows opportunities to develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for many 21st-century careers. 

Psychology as a career usually demands a master’s degree or doctorate degree, and practicing psychologists often need a state license or certification. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for psychologists to increase faster than the national average. 

Many students think that psychology is the study of abnormal behavior, but the study of psychological disorders is just one of many specialty areas, including human sexuality, clinical psychology and environmental psychology, among others. 

JCCC has six full-time psychology professors and 22 adjuncts.  Offering more than 40 sections of Introduction to Psychology each spring and fall semester as well as 20 other psychology classes in a broad range of subject matters, students can find something that peaks their interest. Both online and face-to-face options exist for many classes. 

To learn more about psychology at JCCC, call 913-469-8500 ext. 2788, or email Redburn  or Pete Peterson, co-chair, psychology.