Psychologists study animal and human behavior and related mental, physiological and social processes in an attempt to understand the dynamics of behavior. They also apply knowledge already attained to the prevention and solution of both individual and social problems. The Psychology Department offers courses in abnormal behavior; learning and cognition; physiological, social and developmental psychology; personality; and statistics, including the application of computer techniques to psychology-related activities. Theory and research in these areas are applied by clinical, counseling, educational and organizational psychologists. Undergraduates do not specialize but are exposed to all areas of the field. In order to be a professional psychologist, a student must obtain at least a master's degree in the field. Most areas of study, especially clinical psychology, are becoming increasingly competitive and often require five years or more to obtain a doctorate. A variety of jobs are open to those with bachelor's degrees. Possibilities exist in academic, industrial and government laboratories, in personnel and related work in business and industry, some types of counseling, job analysis, corrections and social service agencies. Because psychology provides a comprehensive understanding of human behavior, the scientific background and conceptual abilities of graduates are appealing to a variety of employers. In addition, job opportunities exist for those who can use computers effectively in working on problems whose solutions require psychological knowledge and training (e.g., data processing concerned with the development and evaluation of psychological action and treatment programs). For more information, contact Dr. Paul Quinn in 108 Wolf Hall or call (302) 831-2271.
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