Available as major (B.A. and B.S. degrees)
Are you fascinated by the behavior you observe in people? Do
you have a strong desire to understand and improve the lives of others? Then a career
in psychology is waiting for you.
As a psychology major, learn about:
Prepare for graduate work or an entry-level position in a variety of human service careers. Help people deal with the problems of everyday living at home, work and in their community.At Olivet, you can:
Our B.S. degree track prepares you for graduate school with advanced core courses to fit your particular area of interest. Choose courses that cover particular areas of applied psychology — social, educational, physiological, cognitive or abnormal psychology — as well as research. Putting knowledge to workFaculty members work with our students to place them in an area of personal interest. Complete practicums with social service agencies, such as:
Volunteer locally at a homeless shelter, jail, residential care facility or with a local church.Join the Psychology Club. This student group unites the study of psychology with social interaction, and brings enjoyment into the academic community through service and professionalism. Club members are currently partnering with Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, to provide services to residents of a local housing development. They have also partnered with the Diakonia, the social work club, for Trick or Treat for Necessities.Psi Chi, the national honor society, is dedicated to encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.CareersA psychology degree equips you to for a variety of careers with any age group. Consider:
This may be an ideal career for you if you are:
More than half of the available jobs are in the counseling/clinical area. As a counselor, you will help normal people deal with abnormal situations. Many counselors are self-employed.You may decide to pursue an advanced degree in psychology and receive additional training in psychotherapy. As a clinical psychologist, you will work with people who have personality and behavioral disorders. Possible careers include: counselor, mental health technician, labor relations consultant, human resources specialist, ergonomics consultant, researcher, professor, school psychologist, pastor, career counselor, educational counselor, marriage and family counselor, substance abuse counselor, behavioral disorder counselor, market researcher, forensic psychologist, social psychologist, developmental psychologist, salesperson, business manager, customer service manager, chaplainPossible employers include: government agency, private industry, advertising/marketing agency, social service agency, university, public or private school, crisis counseling center, hospital, rehabilitation center, self-employed, legal and criminal justice system, mental health agency, vocational rehabilitation office, church, health care facility Psychology is part of the Department of Behavioral Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.
A psychology degree sets you up for success in a number of different careers.