What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience – from the functions of the brain to the actions of neurons, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, “the understanding of behavior” is the enterprise of psychologists.


Why Study Psychology?

An undergraduate major in psychology offers a student preparation for a wide variety of careers. Many majors find psychology to be an excellent preparation for such service-oriented professions as social work, counseling and guidance, special education, and management. Those who pursue graduate work in one of the many fields of psychology often seek positions in teaching and research or applied human services. In addition, the study of psychology provides a knowledge and an understanding of behavior that has applications in other professions as well, including nursing, medicine, law, teaching, business, and public relations.


Careers in Psychology

Psychology is relevant to many occupations involving interactions with others. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, psychology prepares students for employment in a variety of areas including mental health, human resources, education, research, and law enforcement. Many careers directly related to psychology require education beyond the bachelor’s degree and CWRU psychology majors are well prepared for graduate studies in psychology, medicine, law and business. Individuals find work in various psychology sub disciplines including:

  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Child and Family Psychologist
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Experimental Psychologist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Corporate Administration
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Professional Training and Development
  • Career Counselor
  • Community Projects Leader
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Correctional Services