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Dr. Daven Salmi, Faculty & Department Coordinator, D-221, dsalmi@dcccd.edu 972-860-8050

Dr. Bettie Meachum, Faculty, D-204 bmeachum@dcccd.edu 972-860-8137

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the human behavior and mental processes. Psychology asks questions that touch virtually every aspect of our lives. It asks questions like these: How does the way your parents raised you affect the way you raise you own children? What is the best treatment for depression? How does chronic stress affect job performance or school success? What's the best way to run a prison? How can we design a nuclear power plant to minimize human error? It covers a wide range of subjects from brain science to counseling to motivating workers on the job. Psychology also affects our lives through its influence on laws and public policy such as discrimination, capital punishment, and education. An introductory course in psychology should give you a better understanding of why people think and act as they do, as well as provide insights into your own attitudes and reactions to life's challenges. The principles of psychology can help us in all aspects of our lives from our families to the working world.

What do psychology majors do?

A degree in psychology can be useful in any field, as it will help you to better understand the behavior of yourself, your coworkers, and your clients or customers. Psychology majors work in a wide variety of fields in both the profit and nonprofit sectors. Keep in mind that a "psychologist" would have the most advance degree in psychology---the Ph.D. Here's some examples of various careers in the field of psychology:

Careers with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Human Services Careers: Human Resources Officer, Benefits Manager, Financial Aid Advisor, Activities Director for a Rest Home Facility, Fund Raiser, Insurance Work, Business Administration, Hospitality Industry
Counseling-Type Jobs*: Psychiatric Technician, Child Protective Services, Employment Counselor, Group Home Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, Veterans Counselor
*some of these require certificates as well
Education: Elementary School Teacher (with credentialing courses), Early Childhood Program Director, Academic Advising, Director of a Tutoring Center, Health Educator
Criminal Justice: Police Officer, Corrections Office, Juvenile Programs, Probation Officer

Careers requiring a Master's in Counseling and State License Requirements

License Professional Counselor (MS Counseling)
Marriage & Family Therapist (MS Counseling)
Guidance or School Counselor (MS Counseling)
Military Counselor (MS Counseling)
Community College or University Counselor (MS Counseling)

Careers Requiring a Ph.D. in Psychology and State License Requirements

Child/Family Psychologist (Mental illness related to children/adolescents and their families)
Clinical Psychologist (Mental illness related to adults)
Military Psychologist (Mental illness and other topics related to the military)
Educational/School Psychologist (Mental illness, learning disorders, developmental/neurological/cognitive disorders/disabilities as related to school environments)
Health Psychologist (Helping people with mental, emotional and social factors that affect a person's health, focus on health education, supporting patients through rehabilitation)
Psychotherapist (Highly trained in various counseling therapies to help anyone with mental illness)
Professor of Psychology (Higher Education)

Learn more about psychology careers at the American Psychological Association.

Courses Offered at Cedar Valley College (All are CORE electives)

PSYC 2301 – General Psychology
PSYC 2314 – Life Span Growth and Development
PSYC 2306 – Human Sexuality
PSYC 2316 – Psychology of Personality