Social psychology is the study of how people think, feel, and behave in social environments. This involves understanding the way thoughts, beliefs, emotions, intentions, and behaviors are constructed and how such psychological factors influence our interactions with others. The major theories, research methods, and empirical findings of social psychology are addressed. Various topics include attitudes, social cognition, aggression, prosocial behavior, the self and identity, and group behavior. Having a basic understanding of the various social influences will make you a better consumer of information, develop critical thinking skills, and help you to understand the 'why' of social behaviors. Social Psychology is a popular elective for many students who are pursuing an associate of arts degree. Potential careers include human resource specialist, political strategist, public relations specialist, marketing, and post-secondary teacher.