Psychology goes back a long way in the history of Madras Christian College. In the year 1873, psychology was offered as one of the subject in the Department of Mental & Moral Science which later came to be known as the Department of Philosophy. C.T.Krishnamachari expanded the Department of Philosophy to Department of Philosophy & Psychology in the year 1957. It was after University of Madras bifurcated Philosophy and Psychology into different disciplines, MCC discontinued psychology and continued offering philosophy. The Department of Psychology was re-established in the year 2021 with the focus on equipping students with fundamental knowledge of the subject. We offer a vibrant and collegial atmosphere to investigate questions about mind and behaviour. The Department has ‘Psychlore’, an intercollegiate event that brings in experts from diverse areas in the field to share their knowledge and expertise. Frequent subject specific guest lectures and workshops are organized by the department. The total intake for the undergraduate psychology program is limited to 50.
The primary goal of the degree program on Psychology is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the human mind and behavior. In the process of doing so, other goals will also be achieved: the knowledge on the traditional theories in psychology; the methodologies of psychological research and statistical concepts; the biological processes underlying behaviour; sensation, perception, information processing and retention; how behaviours develop and change; how internal, environmental, and social factors influence behaviour, individual differences in behaviour, including those related to gender, ethnicity, and culture; different perspectives on the origin and treatment of abnormal behaviour through practical applications; ethical issues in teaching, research, and the practice of professional psychology. A variety of student-centered teaching and learning pedagogies are practiced by the faculty members. Prominent among them is the use of seminars, experimental learning from laboratory research, role-play, group discussions, field visits, workshops and interactions with field experts. Moreover, students are encouraged to participate and present scientific papers at seminars and conferences. Internship is an integral part of the three year B.Sc. Psychology undergraduate degree programme. It was designed to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge and create a natural interest in the practical aspects of the course. Thus the Bachelor’s Degree course provides solid preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in any field that involves people, including education, business, and health care, sports, or community. The Bachelor’s degree in Psychology is ideal for individuals who seek an understanding of behavioural principles while pursuing a well- rounded education and is also designed to provide a strong foundation for Master’s degree programs.