What is psychology?
A simple definition, yet broad discipline, psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology seeks to understand and explain how we think, act, and feel. Careers in psychology can involve an extensive range of activities, including research, applications of psychological findings to help people and communities, direct interaction with people and/or animals, and advising businesses and policymakers. Since many students enroll in psychology classes for general education, teaching opportunities are also available in academic institutions.
Is psychology a major for you?
- Do you have a strong interest in human and/or animal behavior?
- Do you have good communication skills?
- Do you enjoy working with people?
- Do you want to improve quality of life for humans?
- Do you enjoy doing research?
- Do you want to learn more about your own mind and emotions?
Subfields in Psychology
Psychology has a multitude of real-world applications. Different areas within the field of psychology present a host of career opportunities:
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Counseling Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Experimental Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- Personality Psychology
- Positive Psychology
- Rehabilitation Psychology
- Social Psychology
- School Psychology
Where can a career in psychology take you?
Check out careersinpsychology.org for career descriptions, and expert advice that can help you in developing your career today.
The faculty of the Psychology Department are committed to individual student learning and success. They integrate the real-world into their classrooms through current technologies, special speakers, and hands-on experiences. Learning is also expanded beyond the walls of the classrooms through volunteer opportunities and service learning projects.
Why is VU a great place to start your studies in Psychology?
- Individualized advising
- Small classes
- Early experiential learning
- Flexible schedules (classroom, self-paced, Internet, hybrid)
- Transfer credits successfully
- Academic success at transfer institutions