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"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you "
~ Carl Gustav Jung

What is Psychology?

The study of psychology is designed to help students develop an understanding of human behavior through taking courses in such areas as developmental psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and physiological psychology. This degree is useful as an undergraduate background for those who will later enter such professions as law, social work, medicine and teaching, or for those who will move into managerial positions in industry and government. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology also serves as preparation for graduate studies required for work in various fields of professional psychology.

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Admissions Information about Psychology:


Interests and Skills

  • Knowledge about human relationships and behavior
  • Good listening skills
  • Can observe, analyze, and interpret information
  • Have exemplary writing and critical thinking skills


Possible Job Titles

Academic Advisor
Activity Leader
Admissions Evaluator
Art Therapist
Career Planner
Case Worker
Child Psychologist
Claims Specialist
Clinical Psychologist
College Student Affairs
Compensation Manager
Corporate Merchandiser
Correctional Caseworker
Corrections Officer
Creative Director
Crisis Intervention Counselor

Customer Service Representative
Customs/Immigration Officer
Employment Agency Counselor
Employment Recruiter
Family Counselor
Group Home Director
Hospice Coordinator
Hotel Events Staff
Human Resources Personnel
Job Developer
Media Buyer
Mental Health Coordinator
Occupational Therapist
Personnel Interviewer
Police Officer
Probation Officer

Program Developer
Real Estate Agent
Recreation Specialist
Residential Director/Counselor
Sales Representative
School Counselor
Social Service Professional
Special Features Writer
Statistician Assistant
Student Life Administrator
Television/Media Representative
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Wage/Benefits Analyst
Youth Corrections Officer
Vocational Counselor


Enhance Your Qualifications

Students who major in Psychology at William Paterson University have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can obtain internships at hospitals and counseling centers through the Psychology department. In addition, students can join the Psychology Club which will enable them to meet others in their major with similar interests and career goals. The department also offers membership to Psi Chi, the Psychology Honors Society, to students who meet certain GPA requirements. Students can contact the department for more information.


Related links:

American Psychological Association

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology

Eastern Psychological Association


Other Sources of Information

Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in psychology. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have.