Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior of both humans and animals. Some psychologists are primarily concerned with learning more about human behavior through scientific methods; others are concerned with the application of psychological principles, as in psychotherapy, behavior modification, and industrial psychology. Some specific areas of opportunities for psychology majors with various degrees of professional training include clinical and counseling psychology (personal adjustment of individuals as in marriage counseling), community psychology (welfare agencies or mental health organizations), developmental psychology (children's clinics or hospitals), experimental psychology (in research settings), human factors psychology (assessment of human performance), industrial and personnel psychology (selection and training personnel), psychometric psychology (design of tests to assess individual's abilities and interests), and social psychology (behavior of individuals in groups). Mission Statement

The undergraduate program provides basic training for students planning a professional career in psychology, as well as for those who need a general background for such fields as law, medicine, religion, government, management, sales, marketing, or industrial relations.

At the graduate level, both Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees are offered. Although both degrees provide strong preparation for doctoral work, the M.A., with its research orientation, is more specifically predoctoral. The M.S. degree prepares students to enter professions such as Marriage and Family Therapy counseling and Forensic Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

The Marriage and Family Therapy option qualifies students for state licensure and equips them with the skills necessary for employment in mental health and related fields that utilize psychological and counseling services. The Forensic Psychology option is designed for students whose primary interest is in working or studying in areas of psychology that intersect with the Criminal Justice system.  The Applied Behavior Analysis Option trains students in the principles and procedures of behavior analysis and their application across a wide range of settings and prepares them for employment or entry into doctoral programs in behavior analysis.

Abundant opportunities exist for students to pursue their particular interests through individual instructor-directed studies. The department's Psychology Clinic is utilized as a training facility for Psychology majors. Students selected are admitted to this program upon approval for enrollment in applicable psychology courses and may counsel children, families, and /or groups.

The department also has an active chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, open to qualified students, and a Psychology Club, open to all majors. Faculty-student interaction, in both academic and social settings is an integral part of the Psychology program.

Career Opportunities in Psychology in the 21st Century

For further information, please contact the Department of Psychology at (323) 343-2250

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