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2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Dec 12, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology - Program Description

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  section of this catalog.

Chair: Hendersen. Professors: Adamopoulos, Burns, Hendersen, D. Henderson-King, Herzog, Lakey, Portko, Smith, Xu; Associate Professors: Bowdle, Bower Russa, Chen, Cornelius, Dueker, W. Friedlmeier, Galen, Gross, E. Henderson-King, Lou, Matthews, Morris, Owen-DeSchryver, Paszek, Rodriguez-Charbonier, Rogers, Sá, Shupe, Wolfe; Assistant Professors: Campbell, Dean, Deaner, Dillard, M. Fific, Friedlmeier, Kurby, Maouene, Nichols-Whitehead, Park, Quamme, Swets, Valdez, Williams.

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Students major in psychology for various reasons, and different sets of courses are likely to be appropriate for students with different goals. Students should plan their studies in consultation with an academic advisor early in and throughout their college career. Psychology programs cannot be completed by students who take only evening courses.

Psychology covers such a broad range of topics that psychologists specialize in many different areas, such as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, neuropsychology, industrial/organizational psychology, educational psychology, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and cross-cultural psychology. Because the interests and training of the faculty members in the department cover all of these areas, we offer a wide range of courses in the undergraduate curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Students with undergraduate psychology majors attain an understanding of empirical discoveries, theoretical developments, and methodological approaches in psychological sciences that serves them in a variety of employment settings and graduate programs. Students who major in psychology and then seek employment with a bachelor’s degree find jobs in business, industry, and human services settings. The latter include such settings as mental hospitals, residential facilities for developmentally disabled or emotionally disturbed children, alcohol and drug abuse centers, juvenile correctional facilities, and vocational rehabilitation centers.

Many of our graduates pursue graduate studies, in a wide variety of disciplines. Some pursue masters and doctorates in psychology, in specialties that cover the full range of psychological science, including clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, human factors engineering, developmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, school psychology, psycholinguistics, developmental psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Others pursue professional training in medicine or law, while still others do graduate work in social work, as well as in a broad range of other disciplines, including business, library science, human resources management, and non-profit administration.

Psychology may be a minor combined with a teachable major leading to secondary certification and the teaching of psychology at the high school level.

Psychology-special education can serve as a major for obtaining teaching certification at the elementary level.

The following programs are available:

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology 

Psychology Minor 

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology