Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Cottey's psychology courses fulfill Cottey College Learning Outcome VI:  Knowledge of human experience, history, and the creative process.  Psychology courses teach students about major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. Psychology majors seek to understand and explain both normal and abnormal behavior, mental ability, perception, development, and differences in individuals. Psychology study also explores human emotions, thoughts and motives. A few of the sub-branches within this field are biopsychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, child psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, and counseling psychology. Psychology courses also teach how to understand and apply basic research methods in psychology using experimental, observational, and case study methods. Students also gain an understanding of how psychology applies to their daily lives.

A bachelor's degree in psychology provides a firm foundation for entry-level careers in health and human services, consumer advocacy, marketing research, human resources, management and productivity improvement, and community improvement groups.  In addition, the psychology degree constitutes strong preparation for graduate education in such disciplines as psychology, education, rehabilitation, social work, law, medicine, and business.

Is This Major For You?

You might like this major if you like: observing humans and animals and how they act and respond; working with data; or helping others, of any age.

Consider this major if you are good at: finding out answers to questions, analyzing, critically thinking, communicating or empathizing.

Employment Settings

  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals and human service organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Advertising firms
  • Private practice
  • Secondary schools
  • Military

Sample Occupations

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • School Psychologist
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Caseworker
  • Counselor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Researcher
  • Advocate

Academic Assistance Center Resources

Majoring in Psych?
Opportunities in Counseling and Development Careers
Real People Working in The Helping Professions
Career Paths in Psychology
Opportunities in Psychology Careers
The Psychology Major- Career Options and Strategies for Success

Typical Courses In This Major

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Personality Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biopsychology

Other Majors You Might Like

  • Sociology
  • Neuroscience
  • Religious studies
  • Anthropology
  • Gerontology
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Industrial engineering

Websites To Visit

American Psychological Association

National Association of School Psychologists

Association for Psychological Science

For more information on this and other majors, visit the Transfer and Career Planning Office located in the Academic Assistance Center, RBAC 164 ext. 2132.

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