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Psychology major
Psychology is a pluralistic discipline with roots in and connections to the natural sciences, the social sciences, medicine, and the humanities. The McDaniel Europe program will provide students with an introduction to these various roots, endeavoring to provide rigorous theoretical and practical training necessary for a career as a psychologist in medicine, business, and education, as well as preparation for a graduate-level work.

Areas examined in the major include:
  • behavioral psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • neurology and psychophysiology
  • developmental psychology
  • personality psychology
  • clinical psychology and counseling
  • social psychology
  • quantitative research methods
  • health psychology
  • organizational and workplace psychology
 
Students can begin to explore the new major next Spring by taking PSY 1106 Introduction to Psychology, and PSY 2215 Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Laboratory. (For Spring 2012 course offerings, click here.)

Completion of a major in psychology at McDaniel Europe should prepare one for:
  • masters and doctoral programs in psychology and allied fields
  • careers in human resources and business management, the health industry, counseling services, education, and elderly care and human services.
 
Career Options in Psychology

There are many different types of career options for those with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Some of these career options might initially appear to have little to do with the field of psychology. However, an undergraduate education in psychology helps students develop skills that are important in a variety of careers.

Typical Career Options with a BA in Psychology

Many students graduating with a Bachelor's degree will work in some division of human or social services. Some important skills for those working in this area include the ability to assess client needs, keep thorough and accurate records, express care and empathy and to act as an advocate for your client.

In addition to social services, a Bachelor's degree in Psychology can provide excellent training for many other types of jobs. Some of the most important things you have learned during your undergraduate years are interpersonal skills. Your understanding of the human mind and behavior make you a good candidate for jobs that require good communication skills. Some examples jobs in this area include those in sales, marketing, case management and social services. As an undergraduate, you have also done a considerable amount of research and writing. This skill would be useful in many jobs such as a library assistant.

A Master' s Degree in Psychology

A Bachelor's degree in Psychology is sometimes seen as a stepping stone toward a graduate degree. Students majoring in Psychology at McDaniel Europe have the following options among others to continue their studies:
  • To transfer to the main campus of the college in Maryland for the fourth academic year and complete a five-year B.A. (Psychology or Social Work) and M.S. in Counseling Program. Through this program, students can obtain a B.A. in psychology or social work by the end of the fourth year, and an M.S. in mental health counseling by the end of the fifth year. Students may apply at the end of the sophomore year or beginning of the junior year. They will be required to complete all of the requirements for the B.A., as well as three graduate courses by the end of the fourth year. By taking courses during the summer after getting their B.A. and during year five, they will be able to receive their M.S. in Counseling at the end of the second semester of their fifth year.
  • To earn their BA degrees and apply for admission into the English-language Master' s Program of Eötvös Loránd University of Arts and Sciences in Budapest. The two-year graduate program consists of three specializations: Clinical and Health Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social and Organizational Psychology.
 
The first step is to begin by asking yourself some important questions. How long are you willing to go to school? Where do you envision yourself working? What areas of psychology interest you the most? Some of the most common areas of employment include mental health, education, business and government.

Job Options With a Master's Degree in Psychology

Jobs at Colleges and Universities

While the competition for teaching positions can be fierce, some graduates with a master's degree in psychology do finding teaching positions at junior colleges and universities. Academic advising, career counseling and academic recruiting are alternative careers in higher education that graduates from a master's psychology program may want to consider.

Jobs in Local, State and Federal Government

Another option is to look for job with the local, state or federal government. Various government offices often hire individuals with a master's degree in psychology to perform a range of duties such as performing research or providing psychological services. One way to look for such jobs is to go you your states Department of Labor website and search through the available job listings.

Educational and School Settings

In addition to social services, those with a graduate degree in psychology are also qualified to work in research or educational settings. College and universities employ Ph.D.-level (and occasionally master's-level) graduates to fill faculty positions. Professors are generally expected to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level students as well as conduct research.

Some job titles in this area include:

School Counselors

School counselors work with children who are having difficulty at home or school and assist students in making academic choices. Many also provide help with college applications and career choices.

School Psychologists

School psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat children who are experiencing behavioral, emotional, or academic problems. These individuals may also recommend treatments or work with parents, teachers, and others to help children overcome problems and achieve goals.

Educational Psychologists

Educational psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with schools, teaching psychology, educational issues and student concerns. Educational psychologists often study how students learn or work directly with students, parents, teachers and administrators to improve student outcomes.

Local, State and Federal Government

Government and business entities often hire masters and doctoral graduates in psychology to conduct research. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, local and state governments often hire psychologists for jobs in correctional facilities, mental health clinics, public hospitals and social service offices.

Applied Psychology Careers

Applied psychologists utilize their knowledge of psychology and research methods to improve people's lives and solve real world problems. Individuals working in these fields may start with a master's degree in psychology, but positions tend to be more plentiful with a doctorate degree.

Some job titles in this area include:

Industrial-organizational Psychologists

These psychologists study workplace behavior and ergonomics, often working to increase productivity or efficiency. The rising demand for skilled psychologists has led to an increase in the number of university programs offering degrees in industrial-organizational psychology. I-O psychologists perform a variety of functions, including hiring qualified employees, conducting tests, designing products, creating training courses, and performing research on different aspects of the workplace.

Forensic Psychologists

Forensic psychology involves applying psychology to the field of criminal investigation and law. Forensic psychologists typically have a master's in forensic psychology at the minimum, but many hold a Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology. Forensic psychologists may work in various settings, including family courts, drug courts, criminal courts or private consulting.

Human Factors Psychologists

Human factors is an area of psychology that focuses on a range of different topics, including ergonomics, workplace safety, human error, product design, human capability and human-computer interaction. Human factors psychologists perform a number of duties such as exploring the ways that people interact with products and environments and designing interfaces that are easy to understand.

Course Requirements for the Psychology major

Required:
  • PSY 1106 - Introduction to Psychology (Must pass PSY 1106 with a grade of C or better).
 
Research Methods and Statistics Sequence
  • PSY 2223 - Psychological Methods & Statistics I
  • PSY 2224 - Psychological Methods & Statistics II and Lab
 
Two courses from:
  • PSY 2201 - Psychology of Learning and Animal Laboratory
  • PSY 2214 - Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 2215 - Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Laboratory
 
One course from:
 
One course from:
 
One 3000-level elective

One additional Psychology elective or 4 independent study/internship credits in Psychology
  • PSY 4492 - Capstone in Psychology
  • PSY 4499 - Independent Capstone Study in Psychology
 
Departmental writing requirement: Students who major in Psychology are required to take
 
Recommended:
  • Completion of Mathematics 1001 and 1002 (Basic skills in Arithmetic and Algebra) in the first year.
 
Total Program Hours: 44 credits

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