The Psychology program at Tel-Hai College provides students with a solid knowledge base in psychology, which includes comprehensive understanding of the different branches of psychology, as well as substantial training in current research methods. Graduates of the program continue on to post-graduate and doctoral programs in psychology, pursue training in various treatment methods such as arts therapy, or find work in varied positions, as counselors in educational and health institutions, human resource managers and research assistants.
The Academic Curriculum
Students are offered a choice between studying psychology as a single major, or enrolling in a double major program combining psychology with another academic field. In both cases first-year basic courses include Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Statistics, Personality Theories and Introduction to Psychophysiology. The second year of study is devoted to deepening core studies in social psychology, cognitive psychology and emergency situations. In the third year, students choose more specialized advanced courses such as human intelligence, developmental psychology, and psychopathology. The facilities of the Department of Psychology include research laboratories; cognitive, social psychology, statistics and multipurpose as well as observation rooms appropriate for observing child, family, and group interactions. All third-year psychology students are expected to conduct and submit an independent research paper, based on an empirical experimental or field research which has been devised and conducted by them. Second year students can also choose a guided research course, in which they serve as research assistant to faculty member of the Department of Psychology.
Most students enroll, as part of their studies, in a full weekly day of fieldwork in which they gain experience in facilities such as hospitals, psychiatric wards, kindergartens for children with special needs, hostels, elderly day centers, or youth-at-risk and rehabilitation centers, situated in the north of Israel. This program exposes them to real-life situations that are encountered by clinical, educational and developmental psychologists, and helps them asses their abilities and preferences in these fields.