Psychology, the study of mental processes and behavior, is a broad and continually growing field of study. Though many students who pursue psychology are interested in becoming counselors or psychotherapists as a way to help people with their behavioral or emotional problems, the field of psychology is broad enough to encompass other interests. Much of psychology involves the application of the scientific method to questions about how the brain works, how people learn and remember, or how businesses select good employees.
Students who study psychology learn about how to make themselves a better person, how to be more productive, how to help society, and they are prepared to pursue a career in psychology or other industries. Students will take courses in general psychology, quantitative methods, introduction to laboratory methods in psychology and depending if they are pursuing a BA or a BS, may take clinical psychology, psychology of abnormal behavior, industrial-organizational psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psychology of child/adolescent/adult development, social psychology, cognitive psychology/learning and memory principles and thinking and problem solving, and neuroscience of emotions and motivations.
Internships and Careers
Internships are not a requirement for a baccalaureate degree at BGSU, but they can provide valuable experience and opportunities to explore various interests. Because the psychology faculty are active in many areas of research, undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue their own research projects in psychology, or to work with faculty members on existing research projects. Some of the current research projects include attitudes about ethnic foods, preschool gender and race attitudes, discriminatory experiences in Arab and Muslim adolescents, and medical implications of additional diseases on motivation and religious coping
A considerable number of Bowling Green psychology majors go on to graduate study for advanced degrees in psychology or in other professions such as law, social work, business, health care, and medicine. Those who do not go on for further study have been successful in obtaining employment in a variety of areas. Many work in mental health care settings, schools, or social agencies, while others pursue careers in government in one of the three general areas of research, personnel, or management.
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- Community mental health services
- Community relations