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What can I do with a degree in Psychology?

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The Mission of the Psychology Department

The objectives of the Psychology Department at Morehouse College are: to equip students with an understanding of the basic and evolving theories and concepts in psychology; to provide a strong foundation for understanding the basic principles of research in the behavioral sciences; to prepare students, academically and professionally, for advanced graduate training in psychology and related fields; to provide students with an awareness of the African American experience, and other cultural perspectives as they relate to psychology; to equip students with skills and experiences for understanding and working effectively with the social and psychological problems encountered by African American and other communities; to enhance the liberal arts experience with training in written and oral communication skills; to encourage and provide training in critical and creative thinking; to encourage ethical behavior and a tolerance for ambiguity, reflecting the values of the discipline of psychology; and to foster self-understanding, self-improvement and insight into others' behavior.

Job Types:

Research & Development
  • Social Research 
  • Market Research 
  • Data Analysis

Ways to Prepare:

  • Seek research experience through work with a professor or internships. 
  • Develop strong quantitative and statistical skills. Take additional math and statistics courses. 
  • Obtain related experience, through a part-time or summer field service position with a market research firm.
  • Get involved in the American Marketing Association. 
  • Earn a graduate degree in psychology, statistics or marketing for the greatest number of opportunities.

Where to find them:

  • Federal, state and local government agencies 
  • National headquarters of non-profit organizations 
  • Universities and colleges 
  • Market research firms 
  • Market research departments of consumer goods and manufacturing firms 
  • Consulting firms
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Additional Information:

  • Psychology provides a broad, liberal arts background. 
  • Some students may choose to study psychology because they enjoy the subject but wish to pursue careers requiring “any major.” In this scenario, it is critical to develop desirable skills through internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer experiences. Some skills valued most by employers include: communication, interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, and computer skills. 
  • Other students may major in psychology because they want to work in a related field. Many entry-level helping positions are available, however the amount of direct client contact is limited for those who have a bachelor’s degree. Students may wish to pursue graduate education in psychology, social work, counseling, college student personnel, or other related fields to increase opportunities and earning potential. Research career fields to learn what type of degree (master’s or doctoral) and subject area are most appropriate. The following list provides some examples: 
    • Master’s Degree
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    • Professional Counselor
    • Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
    • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
    • Rehabilitation Counselors
    • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
    • Doctoral Degree
    • Counseling Psychologist
    • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
    • Experimental Psychologist
    • School Psychologist
    • Sport Psychologist
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
  • For those wishing to pursue graduate education, maintain a high grade point average, secure strong faculty recommendations, and gain experience through volunteer or work opportunities. Assist a faculty member with his or her research.