Psychology and Human Development (BA)

Signature Courses
Concepts in Critical Psychology
Psychology of Consumerism
Narrative Therapy: Theory & Practice

The Psychology and Human Development is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of what it means to be human and how humans interact with each other and the non-human world. The Psychology and Human Development program assists students in following their interests and passions as it relates to helping others through focusing on social justice, critical theory, and encouraging service learning in the community. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness, emotional maturity, and a respect for both the human world and the non-human world by exploring cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual aspects of the human personality as well as an understanding of how larger systems influence individuals and communities. This kind of integration often requires a shift in attention beyond traditional Western views of human nature and a refocusing on the economic, political, and cultural aspects of our lives. At the advanced level, we offer unique opportunities to learn through independent study and supervised field experiences. Students select from cutting-edge foundational courses taught in our unique Prescott College way. We also offer advanced courses that help students develop proficiency and expertise in a number of emphasis areas (see below). In addition to the emphasis areas listed below, creative and self-directed students are encouraged, with the help of faculty advisors, to create their own unique emphasis areas.


  • Students will demonstrate professional and ethical knowledge of the history and theories of the field, as well as the necessary dispositions with regard to their roles in the helping professions.
  • Students will engage in self-reflective practices designed to prepare them to be fit to practice within a therapeutic setting, this includes understanding one’s own positionality within power/privilege social structures.
  • Students will demonstrate professional oral and written communication skills including within class/course discussions, through submission of academic assignments, with instructor and peer interactions, within professional settings,and on social media.
  • Students will demonstrate the development of culturally-appropriate competence and socially-just practices and advocacy.
  • Case Manager
  • Child Care Worker
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Market Researcher
  • Psychiatric Technician


  • Academic focus essay
  • Completed Application
  • Official transcripts

Students interested in Psychology and Human Development engage in classes addressing the following competencies:  communication skills, social theory, practicum, and research methods.   Though course combinations are endless, students could earn a degree in Psychology and Human Development with the following sample list of classes.

Lower division - The starting points
 Interpersonal Communication
Counseling Skills
Group process and Ropes Course facilitation
History of Gender and Sexuality
Expressive Art Therapies
Ecopsychology: Choices for a Sustainable World
Intro to Ethnic Studies

Upper Division - Developing a deeper mastery
Critical Psychology
Yoga Teacher Training and Certification
Narrative Therapy: Theory & Practice
Community Mediation and Principled Negotiation
Core Curriculum 3: Inquiry & Analysis
Statistics for Research
Beyond Walls and Cages
Transpersonal Psychology
The Senior Project

Our Faculty

Ellen Abell

Instruction|Faculty / Director, BA in Psychology and Human Development