Psychology Fundamentals

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

Professional Preparation

  • Coursework prepares interested students to pursue graduate work in psychology and related fields

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • win teaching awards
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

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

Real-world Experience

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

Curriculum Guide



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Department of Psychology

Contact: Dr. Kevin P. Kaut

Career Opportunities

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:

  • education
  • management
  • sales
  • 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

Career Outlook

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


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