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.

Why Major in Psychology?

The major in psychology prepares students for a wide range of careers in psychology while also providing an essential, foundational understanding of human nature that is useful across a diverse range of fields, including education, healthcare, business, law, child life, and social work. Students are also well prepared for graduate study in psychology (including programs focused on research as well as clinical/counseling practice), school counseling, occupational therapy, business, and healthcare, among other fields

  • See what skills make psychology graduates attractive to employers.
  • Many careers in psychology require a graduate degree. What you can do with a BA/BS in Psychology.
  • For more information about the kinds of careers available to psychology majors, see our career guide.

 

The results of psychology research 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!

Clinical and counseling psychology are concerned with

  • diagnosis and treatment (psychotherapy) of psychological disorders.
  • 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

 

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

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