FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Q: What is psychology/what do psychologists do?
A: Many textbooks offer a definition of psychology reflecting the fact that it is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This covers a lot of territory, and psychologists specialize in many different areas! Psychology is both a science and a profession. Some psychologists conduct research to learn more about how people think, feel and behave. Other psychologists focus on helping people resolve problems and promote well-being. Psychologists are employed in many different settings, including business and industry, universities, hospitals and private practice.
Q: How can I learn more about a career in psychology?
A: The American Psychological Association has an online brochure, Psychology: Scientific Problem Solvers - Careers for the 21st Century, that provides information about what psychologists do and the different types of psychology degrees. There is also a good book by Robert Sternberg, Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You.
Q: Are there any good psychology resources on the internet?
A: A good starting point is to check out the websites for the two largest psychology organizations, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.
Q: Does the OLLU undergraduate program provide research opportunities for students?
A: Absolutely. All students are required to complete a practicum course, which provides them with "real world" experience in their field. To fulfill this requirement, students may elect to take the Research Practicum course in which they conduct research with a professor on campus or psychologist conducting research off-campus. Also, all students complete two courses in research methods, in which they conduct their own psychological research projects. Finally, some psychology students become involved with the McNair Scholars Program, which provides tremendous research opportunities and support for students who plan to pursue doctoral work.
Q: Does the OLLU undergraduate program provide counseling/clinical training at the undergraduate level?
A: This is one of hallmarks of our program. Students can elect to take two courses in counseling, Counseling I (theories and techniques of individual counseling) and Counseling II (theories and techniques of group counseling). Students can also elect to take a practicum course in which they are supervised in providing mental health services at an off-campus mental health or social service agency.
Q: What is the biliterate degree option?
A: The biliterate degree option offers students with conversational proficiency in Spanish the opportunity to develop professional proficiency in Spanish. Requirements for the biliterate degree option include three semesters of specialized Spanish courses, two general education and two Psychology courses taught in Spanish, and practicum in a Spanish speaking setting.
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