David P. Hurford, Ph.D.
Carol S. Oehme
Phone: (620) 235-4523 Fax: (620) 235-6102
While careers involving the provision of direct mental health services have traditionally been the most common choices for those entering the field of psychology, many career choices and directions are available. Bachelor's degree holders in psychology now find job roles readily available in human resources, employee recruitment and selection, public relations, market research and advertising, program development, teaching, research, case management, substance abuse services, community relations, administration, and other human service areas. However, individuals who wish to have professional status and credentials as a psychologist or counselor must obtain a graduate degree.
The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a full range of bachelor's degree programs to prepare students in applied skills or for entry into graduate and professional level training. Students should work closely with their advisors to establish career goals and to select and plan programs that will allow them to effectively pursue graduate training or develop appropriate applied skills for entry into the world of work.
This degree was designed for undergraduate students who aspire to continue their education in graduate or professional school. This degree particularly prepares students for advanced training in psychology and counseling, but also provides a very good background for other disciplines (e.g., law, media, social work, business, etc.). The B.A. degree requires that the student complete ten hours of a foreign language and a minor in an area recognized by the University.
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This degree was designed for students who want to pursue a career in a psychology-related field immediately after graduation. Historically, most careers in psychology and counseling require graduate training, however; there are a number of careers that do not. It should also be pointed out that completing the B.S. does not preclude an individual from gaining entrance into graduate school. Presently, the Department of Psychology and Counseling offers six concentrations (which replaces the requirements for a minor):
Students must apply (application available in the department office) and be accepted before undertaking coursework in the following concentrations:
This degree was designed for undergraduate students who wish to teach at the secondary level or eventually acquire graduate training in school counseling. The B.S.Ed. requires that the student complete the requirements for certification to teach in addition to acquiring certification in another teaching area (which replaces the requirements for a minor).
The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers three minors for students majoring in another field. Minors include:
Scholarship applications are due by February 1 of each year for the following academic year. To be considered for a scholarship in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, you must submit both an online application (https://go.pittstate.edu/scholarship) and a personal statement of career goals to the Department of Psychology and Counseling that provides a synopsis of your academic career thus far as well as your aspirations with regard to Psychology and/or Counseling. APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF STUDENTS DO NOT SUBMIT THE PERSONAL STATEMENT OF CAREER GOALS.
To learn more about tuition costs and financial aid, view our Affordability page.
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