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.