Social & Behavioral Sciences
Psychology

Psychology is an attractive field for many students because it gives them a peek into how their own mind works and skills to help people solve some of the biggest problems in their lives. Psychology is a social science in which students learn about human behavior, the anatomy and function of the brain, how people process different experiences, and how individual behavior affects an entire culture. It’s common for psychology students to work as therapists, social workers, teachers, and in other professions where a firm grasp of the inner workings of the mind is essential.

Course of Study

Students will study all aspects of psychology during undergraduate work, including topics such as the biology of the brain, human development, abnormal psychology, child and adolescent psychology, and more. In addition, most colleges offer (or mandate) internships that correlate with your anticipated specialty, including a counseling or research setting where students can gain hands-on clinical experience.

A Bachelor’s Degree is required to go into the psychology field, and more often, a Master’s or Doctorate degree is necessary in order to maximize options like going into private or group practice, research, or teaching. A Master’s Degree takes approximately two years of additional full-time study, and a Doctorate Degree can take anywhere from four to six years or more. Your individual field of interest will dictate how many degrees and internships you’ll ultimately need.

While pursuing a Master’s or Doctorate degree, research typically becomes a more significant part of the educational experience. This may take the form of participating in research projects already being conducted by other professionals or designing your own research project and reporting the findings.

Applying a Psychology Degree
 
Students interested in psychology can go into a variety of fields and settings—everything from classroom teaching to serving as a middle or high school psychologist to counselor to social work. Graduates may work in school districts, colleges and universities, private practices, healthcare facilities, mental health facilities, or in consulting positions for legal firms, law enforcement agencies, or private industries.

Job Prospects

Some areas of psychology are expected to grow by leaps and bounds from now through 2018, while other areas will only experience average growth. Clinical settings like private practice psychologists fall into the average growth category, while the blossoming field of industrial psychology (consulting for companies) is projected to grow by nearly 25 percent. Also getting a boost are psychologists who practice in healthcare settings related to issues like preventing and treating obesity and assisting Baby Boomers as they grow older.

Schools That Offer This Program:
West Coast University
Strayer University
Western International University
Western International University
Western International University
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Lincoln College Online
Grantham University
Grantham University
Brookline College
New England Institute of Technology
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
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Brown Mackie College
South University
Bryant & Stratton College
Southern New Hampshire University
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