Department of Psychology
Psychology at Simmons provides students with both an opportunity and a resource. The opportunity is to learn in conjunction with a dedicated, able and available faculty what psychology is and can be. The resource is the variety of courses, ideas and facilities found both within the department and beyond that enable psychology to contribute to students' college experience and career plans. The relatively small required core of courses makes psychology an ideal major to combine in various ways with applied and related areas, such as management, education, biology, etc.
What can you do with a degree in Psychology?
Majoring in psychology provides preparation for a range of career paths. These include not only work and graduate training in psychology proper, but also in areas as diverse as law, management, healthcare, engineering, and computer science.
Many career paths in psychology require additional graduate experience at either the master's or doctoral level. However, there are a variety of clinical and research opportunities for graduates who may work as researchers or practitioners in such areas as child development, biological psychology, human resources, clinical psychology, and social services.
Below are two links to resources provided by the American Psychological Association that you may check to obtain valuable information about employment opportunities and graduate study:
Majors in this Department:
Honors in Psychology
Candidates for honors in psychology should fulfill the University requirements as described on page 23 and have a GPA of 3.5 in psychology. Candidates will submit a proposal for a thesis to the Psychology Department. The members of the Department will determine candidacy. In addition, an honors candidate will be required to complete PSYC 350 or 380 in the first semester of their senior year. Upon completion of that course and with departmental approval, she will then register for PSYC 355 or 381 in the second semester of her senior year.
Students considering a major in psychology are advised to take PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology and MATH 118 Introductory Statistics (or MATH 238 Applied Statistical Models) during their first year. The order in which these courses are taken is not important.
In general, the department encourages flexible and individualized course planning both within and beyond the field of psychology. The chair or an adviser in the department can help with such program planning. The following examples serve as guides to planning an appropriate program.
- A student planning a career working with children, such as early childhood education, counseling, child guidance, or school psychology, should consider PSYC 235, 236, 241, 335, 336, and 339.
- A student planning a career in a hospital setting or another where physiological research may be involved should consider PSYC 243, 246, 247, and 302. Relevant courses in biology, chemistry, and computer science are also recommended.
- A student interested in a career in behavioral research, human factors, computer-based instruction, or computer science should consider PSYC 243, 246, 247, and 301. Students are also encouraged to attain some competence in relevant areas of mathematics and/or computer science. A student with career interests in the clinical and personality area should consider PSYC 230, 231, 241, 331, and 336.
- A student planning a career in social service or human resources should consider PSYC 230, 231, 241, 246, 248, and 348.
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