Psychology
Area of Study

Psychology

Overview

The Psychology program provides student's with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of topics within the field, which includes classes such as General Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Human Sexuality.

The Psychology program provides student's with the opportunity to choose from a wide range of topics within the field, which includes classes such as General Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Human Sexuality.

The coursework and content provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the different specialties within the Behavioral Sciences.

The program provides guidance to the student about what is needed in order to transfer to another institution, as well as providing a special emphasis on the foundation of learning that is developed in the first two years.

A variety of courses are offered to meet each student’s diverse needs and interests, which grants the student the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into an educational environment that remains enjoyable.

The course work provided will help prepare students to move toward transfer and a basic ability to understand what might be required of a person working within the field of Psychology or related fields. Examples of these fields include Social Work, Human Services, Criminal Justice, and other professions within the behavioral sciences.

During class time, students can expect to engage in activities that bolster critical thinking development. This will be done through exposure to new content in class lectures, activities, and discussions. An emphasis will also be placed on diversity and global thinking, which will be incorporated into every class throughout the program. Refinement of these and other skills aid in facilitating personal growth, and an understanding of the diverse populous that is served by helping professionals.

Upon completion of any degree in Psychology or a related field, the graduate can expect to enter into a fast passed working environment. Professionals working in the field will need to be working on teams or individually to provide clients with support, crisis management, advocacy, and potentially counseling.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by occupation.

Employment of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Greater demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and social service agencies should drive employment growth.

Demand for clinical and counseling psychologists will increase as people continue to turn to psychologists for help with their problems. Psychologists also will be needed to provide services to an aging population, helping people deal with the mental and physical changes that happen as they grow older. Psychological services will also be needed for veterans suffering from war trauma, for survivors of other trauma, and for individuals with autism.

Employment of school psychologists will continue to grow because of the raised awareness of the connection between mental health and learning and because of the increasing need for mental health services in schools. School psychologists will be needed to work with students, particularly those with special needs, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues. Schools rely on school psychologists to assess and counsel students. In addition, school psychologists will be needed to study how factors both in school and outside of school affect learning. Once aware of those factors, teachers and administrators can use them to improve education. Job opportunities may be limited, however, because employment of school psychologists in public schools and universities is contingent on state and local budgets.

Employment of industrial–organizational psychologists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Organizations will continue to use industrial–organizational psychologists to help select and retain employees, increase organizational productivity and efficiency, and improve office morale.

BA in Psychology or Social Work = case management and milieu management

MA in Psychology related field or Social Work = Licensed Professional in Counseling and Social Work.

PhD in Psychology related field or Social Work = Assessment, Research, Teaching, Counseling

Psychiatry, which will require medical training as well.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for psychologists was $79,010 in May 2018.