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.

Is Psychology a Science?

Yes. Psychology is sometimes considered a natural science and sometimes a social science. Psychological scientists form hypotheses, collect data, and test hypotheses through experiments, quasi-experiments, and correlational studies. There are many areas of psychology, such as clinical, cognitive, developmental, and affective, that can be studied through a neuroscientific, biological, or behavioral lens. Psychology also includes the scientific study of what therapies work to help those who are experiencing struggles related to thoughts, emotions, memories, learning, and relating to others and how to effectively apply these therapies. If you are interested in neuroscience, emotions, thoughts, memories, learning, social interactions, beliefs, cognitive development, psychological disorders, or therapy, psychology is for you!

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.

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

Undergraduate Psychology News and Highlights

Learn about our Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology with an Early Intervention Specialization!

Interested in working in early intervention and pursuing a masters degree? Our state of the art program involves courses and practical training in the field of developmental psychology. In addition, our training model is state-of-the-art in that it is inter-professional in nature, recognizing the need to train across multiple...

Margarid Turnamian presents a poster on data from her senior Capstone

Margarid Turnamian, an undergraduate psychology major at CWRU, presents a poster on data from her senior Capstone on trauma in LGBTQ individuals at the annual conference of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.  

Tom Schlechter, undergraduate, presented poster at national conference

Tom Schlechter, an undergraduate psychology major at CWRU, presented a poster on differences in sexual orientation disclosure in lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in late November in Georgia.

Present at Intersections

Please save the date!  Intersections will be held on April 19, 2019. Stop by and see your fellow students' presentations! https://case.edu/source/share-your-work/present-intersections

Registration for Summer Classes is Open

Registration for summer classes is open. The Department of Psychological Sciences has many interesting courses offered in the various summer sessions. Check out what we have to offer! https://summer.case.edu/departments/psychological-sciences/

Two Psychological Sciences Students Win SOURCE Poster Awards

Congratulations to the undergraduates in Psychological Sciences who won SOURCE Poster Awards for their presentations at the Fall Intersections Conference. Margarid Turnamian won 1st place for her poster “Trauma and Related Experiences in LGBTQ, Cisgender, and Heterosexual Individuals,” mentored by Amy Przeworski.  Jason Lockamy won 3rd place for his...