Psychology, Child Development, ASL & Deaf Studies, and Sign Language Interpreting comprise the Behavioral Sciences at Maryville College. All require a working knowledge of human behavior and the application of that study to a variety of situations or special populations, whether working in the classroom as an elementary school teacher, contributing to mental health or community organizations, or interpreting for the Deaf.
The Division emphasizes a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning, so most classes incorporate opportunities to be actively engaged with the subject matter. Psychology students will do laboratory and field experiments, Child Development students will observe and interact with children, and ASL and Interpreting students will interact with members of the Deaf community.
Social Psychology (PSY/SOC 221) –One of the most popular psychology electives taught by Dr. Crystal Colter. "Because social psychology includes topics such as persuasion, romantic attraction, prejudice, and conformity," says Colter, "part of the joy of learning for students in this course is that they can take what they learn and apply it directly to their own lives."
Comparative Interpreting (SLI 321) - Students and the teacher enjoy the diverse settings practice and information in this course. Students experience everything from interpreting on stage with whole body movement, to practicing interpreting in the College health clinic, to the local General Sessions Court during actual court proceedings, such as traffic court, divorces, and criminal and civil cases. Beth Willhoit ‘04 said, “Interpreting in court is hard, but it is cool!”
Child Development (Psy 211) – As one of the foundation courses of the Child Development & Learning major and a popular psychology elective, students create and engage in children's programs designed to apply classroom learning and enhance the emotional lives of children. “Understanding development comes through playing, talking, and listening to children. Students rarely forget the theories they have seen in action,” according to Dr. Ariane Schratter.