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

Sample Curriculum



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For More Information:

Department of Psychology

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Tehan Stanley

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
  • healthcare

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.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.