What if I Want to Pursue a Career in Psychology?
For those students wishing to pursue advanced study in the field of psychology,the WCSU Psychology B.A. affords excellent experience in psychological science. Students usually graduate with the experience of conducting their own personal research project, (Volume 10, 2015). Recent graduates have obtained admission to outstanding graduate programs at universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fordham, and Texas Tech University. Some of our recent graduates are listed below. Outstanding faculty teaches in-depth courses in areas such as neuroscience, social psychology, health psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and developmental psychology. Eleven full-time and over 20 part-time faculty members expose our psychology undergraduates to a tremendous range of specialties, experiences, and approaches in the psychology field.
Our recent graduate have been successful in their applications to a wide variety of graduate schools and programs. Here are just a few:
- Persephonie Alavarez. Masters in evolutionary psychology, SUNY New Palz.
- Michelle Bates. University of Connecticut. Dual Masters in Public Health and Social Work.
- Ariel Bliss (Berthod). M.A. in Psychology, CCSU.
- Tom Brandt. M.Ed., Fairfield University. Currently a school psychologist in Newtown.
- Caitlin Bristol. M.A., School Psychology. University of Hartford.
- Caitlin Mulhare. M.A. in School Counseling, CCSU.
- Ben England. Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Psychology, Texas Tech University.
- Aaron McDonald. Ph.D. in Public Health, John Hopkins University.
- Kristen Medeiros. Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University.
- Candy Murias. Masters in Social Work, New Haven.
- Adrienne Ostrove. Studying nonprofit management at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.
- Christopher Oswald. M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Olivia Palumbo. Accelerated program in Nursing, Quinnipiac University.
- Marguerita Posada. Ph.D., Fordham University.
- Franziska Stutz. M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Columbia University. Ph.D., Potsdam University, Germany.
- Meredithe Talibon. Masters in mental health counseling, NYU.
- Vinnie Taliercio. M.A., SCSU.
Students contemplating graduate school in psychology are urged to purchase the book Graduate Study in Psychology and Associated Fields, published annually by the APA. This book identifies all graduate opportunities in psychology, documents each school's program and admission requirements, and advises students on how to go about selecting a graduate school. The APA has produced a series of videos to help students who are preparing to apply for graduate school. They are well worth watching BEFORE you apply!
Employment with a BA in Psychology Degree
Students with bachelor degrees in psychology may enter on-the-job training programs in industrial and business organizations. Others may find positions in state civil service, personnel work, social service, sales, and interviewing. Entry level jobs in marketing research, public relations and advertising are often available to undergraduate psychology majors. Students interested in preparing for counseling or college teaching careers, however, must continue study at the Master's or Doctoral level. The Doctoral level of training is required for careers in clinical, experimental, educational and social psychology.
An introduction to the diversity within psychology can be obtained by reading the booklets, Careers in Psychology and Psychology as a Health Care Profession, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), which is the governing professional organization in psychology. Single copies of the two booklets are available free of charge from the APA upon request.
Student memberships in the APA are available which would enable students to enter subscriptions for any number of APA journals and publications. Further APA information is available from the:
American Psychological Association
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Washington, D.C. 2002-4242
Sites for Future Graduates
- American Psychological Association Career Information
- Getting into Graduate School
- Career Mosaic
- Career Magazine
- Peterson's Guide
- The Riley Guide
- Career Development Center
- Pre-professional experiences in Psychology
- GRE Preparation Tips