Psychology

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Psychology program is designed for individuals with a variety of health career goals and interests.

Specific interests and career goals of the individual student determine course content beyond core courses. The curriculum provides a scientific base of psychology, knowledge and skills required for graduate work in psychology, and health professions. Specific course offerings include all areas of psychology including abnormal psychology, social, clinical, counseling, school, developmental, aging, human cognition, animal learning, brain and behavior, sensations in perception, industrial and organizational psychology, behavior modification and behavioral statistics.

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Psychologists study the human mind and human behavior. Research psychologists investigate the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behavior. Psychologists in health service fields provide mental health care in hospitals, clinics, schools, or private settings. Psychologists employed in applied settings, such as business, industry, government, or nonprofit organizations, provide training, conduct research, design organizational systems, and act as advocates for psychology. Like other social scientists, psychologists formulate hypotheses and collect data to test their validity. Research methods vary with the topic under study. Psychologists sometimes gather information through controlled laboratory experiments or by administering personality, performance, aptitude, or intelligence tests. Other methods include observation, interviews, questionnaires, clinical studies, and surveys. Psychologists apply their knowledge to a wide range of endeavors, including health and human services, management, education, law, and sports. They usually specialize in one of a number of different areas.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 4 years

CONTACT: Dr. Dennis Papini, Chairman; Box 87 MTSU 615-898-2729

For more information visit:
MTSU Psychology Department
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Psychology
American Psychological Association