Psychology is both an applied and academic field dedicated to mental processes and behavior. It is the science of how we think, act and feel. Environmental, physiological, and genetic factors are considered in human behavior. There is a broad diversity of specializations. Psychologists work in academic settings, independent practices, hospitals, and clinics, as well as government, business and industry.
Why Psychology is in Demand:
The discipline continues to evolve as we learn more about human behavior and mental processes and face new challenges for individuals and society. Years from now, psychologists will have professional positions we cannot even imagine today.
- The demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, addiction treatment centers, and social services agencies is expected to fuel the demand for trained professionals.
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of psychologists is expected to grow at a rate of about 12 percent through the year 2018.
- Three job areas expected to be in high demand are clinical psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology.
Is it for me?
- Curious about human nature?
- Comfortable learning about and engaging in research?
- Motivated to learn how psychology can improve lives?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Psychology
There’s something special about the culture at Scranton. There’s a lot of interaction between students and with faculty. You never see anybody walking by themselves here. Students are together all the time.
– James Buchanan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
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Where will psychology take me?
The curriculum prepares students for entry into both graduate school and baccalaureate-level employment.
Many students major in psychology with a particular interest in mind. For example, an interest in business might lead to focusing on Industrial/Organizational Psychology or an interest in helping others might lead to clinical or school psychology. Here are some of the specialization areas.
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive psychology
- Community Psychology
- Counseling Psychology
- Experimental Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Behavioral Neuroscience
- School Psychology
Top Graduate Schools
Just some of the prestigious graduate schools which have admitted our psychology graduates:
- University of Minnesota
- College of William and Mary
- Drexel University
- Fairleigh Dickinson University
- Fordham University
- LaSalle University
- Lehigh University
- Penn State
- Villanova University School of Law
While many students major in psychology with the desire to obtain an advanced degree in clinical psychology, others apply their knowledge to virtually every industry. An understanding of human behavior and mental processes is critically important whether you are working in healthcare, education, journalism, law, or business. Here are a sampling of the professional positions held by recent graduates:
- Case Workers and Managers
- Clinical Research Assistants
- Program Directors
- Social Workers
- Teachers and Teacher’s Assistants
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
Your mind at this moment may not be on your college graduation day, but graduation will be here before you know it. Whether you go right into the workforce or into graduate school, your future can often hinge on that one great letters of recommendation.
Our program allows students many mentoring opportunities with faculty. This unparalleled level of one-on-one personal interaction during your educational experience at Scranton means that faculty can write personalized letters of recommendation that speaks at great length of your talent and potential. At Scranton, faculty members are much more than researchers and teachers. They are your professional advocates.
In addition, our students' research experiences as undergraduates helps set them apart from other students with bachelor’s degrees, many of whom have had little to no research background. Even for clinical positions, a solid research background becomes a huge advantage.