Psychology at Wagner

What is Psychology?
…and what do psychologists do?

Psychology is a diverse field that encompasses the study of mind, brain, human and animal behavior, and social interactions. To answer these questions, psychologists engage in experimentation and case studies of both normal and abnormal populations. The results of this work is applied in a variety of fields such as:

  • child life
  • education
  • occupational therapy
  • business (e.g. human resources, marketing, management, organizational behavior etc.)
  • law
  • medicine & health sciences
  • and more!

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Furthermore, clinical and counseling psychology are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment (psychotherapy) of psychological disorders as well as research concerning those disorders. Psychology is distinct from psychiatry which is a field of medicine concerned primarily with treatment of psychological disorder. Here is a list of some specialty areas of psychology.

Other areas in counseling include

  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Expressive arts therapies
  • Mental health counseling
  • Substance abuse counseling

Psychology is an excellent skills-based major for any career. Traditional careers in psychology usually require some graduate level training (Master’s or Doctoral degree) and include clinical work (psychotherapy, clinical social work, counseling, school psychology, psychological assessment/testing, etc.) and experimental work (academic, social, and industry research) among others. Bachelor’s degrees in psychology prepare students well for graduate programs in counseling, education, and law and careers in many areas: management, advertising, human resources, psychological testing, and some types of social work/social services work, among others.

For more information about the kinds of careers available to psychology majors, see our page about careers.

This web site is maintained by Dr. Laurence Nolan, Department of Psychology, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York 10301.

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