Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior.
- Core curriculum includes courses in:
- quantitative and experimental methods
- cognitive processes and assessment
- developmental, social and personality psychology
- Students select electives in accordance with their individual interests
- Coursework prepares interested students to pursue graduate work in psychology and related fields
- are innovative and interactive
- win teaching awards
- use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning
All students are encouraged to participate in independent research and field experience. Research projects may include:
- literature review projects
- data collection
- entry and analysis
For field experience, students often obtain placements at:
- crisis hot lines
- programs for mentally challenged children and adults
- battered women’s shelters
- administrative and HR functions within organizations
Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.
Psychology Student Organizations
Interact with other psychology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:
- Psi Chi, the national honorary society
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Psychological Science
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Degrees and Preparation
Psychology offers diverse career opportunities within its many specialties.
- Health psychologists help people lose weight, stop smoking or manage pain.
- Neuropsychologists study relationship between the brain and behavior.
- geropsychologists deal with problems faced by the elderly.
- Counseling psychologists help people manage life's everyday problems.
- School psychologists help resolve students' learning and behavior problems.
- industrial-organizational psychologists improve productivity and the quality of work life.
Possible positions with a bachelor's degree:
- health care
Graduates with advanced degrees pursue careers as:
- Master’s degrees will qualify jobseekers for positions in research, education and social services.
- Doctoral degrees prepare individuals to become:
- licensed clinical or counseling psychologists
- college and university faculty and researchers
Opportunities will continue to grow in the field of psychology.
A&S Careers Program
Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:
- lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
- computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
- volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
- department-specific mentoring arrangements