Psychology is the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors, with the goal of understanding individuals and groups. Psychology pursues the exploration of concepts like emotion, personality, brain function, interpersonal relationships, and perception. This type of career requires someone who is both perceptive, knowledgeable in sociology and who has a broad education. There’s no better place to prepare yourself for a psychology career than a liberal arts degree college, which provides students with a general course of study, and classes that develop critical thinking skills and a depth of knowledge.
Interested in a Career in Psychology?
If you have an interest in pursuing a career in the field of psychology, Shimer has just the event for you. This morning, October 2nd at 11:30am in the Radical 2 classroom, Annemarie Slobig from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, will be on campus to discuss graduate studies and career opportunities in psychology. The talk is open to anyone at Shimer, regardless of what courses you are taking.
Becoming a professional psychologist first requires an undergraduate degree, which you can receive from a liberal arts college. Since psychology is a scientific study, you will also require a graduate degree before you can become certified as a practicing psychologist. As a part of your graduate degree, you may be required to complete an internship in a clinical setting, which is great way to gain experience from more seasoned psychologists. After graduate college, you may decide to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D) or a doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D) to further your career options.
Careers in Psychology
Being a psychologist can, but doesn’t always mean working in a clinical setting. Here are some interesting and trending careers in psychology:
- Career counselor
- Personal counselor
- Forensic psychologist
- Clinical psychologist
- Sports psychologist
- Military psychologist
- Criminal psychologist
Undertaking a liberal arts bachelor degree at Shimer means you can take a fascinating course called Abnormal Psychology. Abnormal psychology, also called psychopathology, is the study of unusual patterns of behaviour or emotion which may precipitate a mental disorder. The term is historical, based off the culture of insane asylums and the theories of the supernatural. Towards the 18th century, a turn in perspective made humans start believing that those with mental disorders should be treated as patients rather than prisoners. Abnormal psychology intends to study both the historical supernatural reasoning behind mental illnesses, and the biological explanations. The scientific study looks at biological causal factors, genetics, socio-cultural factors, systemic factors and biopsychosocial factors either causing or triggering mental illnesses.
There have been various therapies developed throughout history to rid patients of mental illnesses. Of them all, the most popular would be Sigmund Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis. According to Freud, disturbances were a result of suppressed emotions and memories from one’s childhood, and by finding the source of the disturbance, one may relieve the disturbance from their mind. While Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis has faded from use due to modern therapy practices, many psychologists still study aspects of his research.
What field of psychology would you consider for a potential career?