Division of Social Sciences and Human Services
Psychologists study human behavior and the mental processes related to that behavior. Research psychologists investigate the physical, cognitive, emotional or social aspects of human behavior. Psychologists in applied fields provide mental health services in hospitals, clinics, schools or private settings. Like other social scientists, psychologists formulate hypotheses and collect data to test their validity. Research methods depend on the topic under study. Psychologists may gather information through controlled laboratory experiments, as well as through personality, performance, aptitude and intelligence tests. Other methods include observation, interviews, questionnaires, clinical studies and surveys.
Psychologists apply their knowledge and techniques to a wide range of endeavors, including human services, management, education, law and sports. In addition to a variety of work settings, psychologists specialize in many different areas.
There are clinical psychologists, who assist mentally or emotionally disturbed clients; cognitive psychologists deal with memory, thinking and perception; health psychologists promote good health through health maintenance; neuropsychologists study the relation between the brain and behavior; counseling psychologists advise people on everyday living; developmental psychologists study patterns and causes of behavioral change; experimental psychologists study behavior as they work with human beings and animals; industrial-organizational psychologists apply psychological techniques to personnel administration, management and marketing problems; school psychologists work with students, parents, teachers and administrators to resolve learning problems; and social psychologists examine people’s interactions with others within the social environment.
Most jobs in psychology are found in education, while others are found in health services, government agencies and in social service, research, management consulting and marketing research organizations.
Educational Opportunities in Psychology
Associate of Arts
The associate of arts is for students who want to pursue bachelor’s degrees in psychology by completing the first two or more years at LCCC. Students completing the associate of arts degree may transfer with junior (or higher) standing to the four-year university or any college of their choice. There are virtually no limitations to the programs that can be pursued as LCCC can customize associate of arts programs to meet the transfer college/university’s requirements. Students in the associate of arts program may also select electives or complement their curriculums, by choosing courses from such areas as communications, computer information systems, computer programming, criminal justice, education, human services, social work and urban studies.
Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership
Cleveland State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Many students decide to major in psychology because the Cleveland State University program prepares them to work with and help others in many different ways, from providing one-on-one, in-depth assistance to those who are suffering to conducting research into the causes of mental illness to understanding what motivates people to respond to written or oral communication. Individuals, couples, families, schools, businesses, and communities all seek and use psychological services.
Cleveland State University’s bachelor of arts in psychology makes it possible for students to pursue a four-year (baccalaureate) psychology major by a combination of courses taken at LCCC that are either LCCC courses taught by LCCC instructors or CSU courses taught by visiting CSU instructors.
Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Social Work
The baccalaureate degree with a major in social work prepares students for entry into beginning, generalist and professional social work practice. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings such as public and private welfare agencies, mental health centers, health care settings, educational systems, correctional institutions, and business and industry. The Council on Social Work Education accredits the social work program. A baccalaureate degree in social work from an accredited degree program qualifies a person to apply for licensing in the state of Ohio.
Master of Health and Human Services
The Master of Health and Human Services and Certificate in Health Care Management programs accommodate students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.
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