Psychology

About Psychology

Psychologists study the human mind, exploring a variety of interesting questions that explain human behavior and responses. Psychologists do research and conduct studies, make observations, and help others understand and improve or modify their behaviors. Students in the psychology program at Valdosta State University focus on areas including learning, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, perception, personality, mental disorders and the ways in which individual preferences are inherited or shaped by environment.

Psychology at Valdosta State University

The psychology department at Valdosta State offers students numerous opportunities to learn about the discipline both in and out of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to assist faculty members with research in areas such as memory, aging, and the relationship between technology and human behavior. All psychology students are invited to join the Psychology Club, a popular campus group that includes guest lectures, trips, research opportunities and more. High achieving psychology students may be invited to join Psi Chi International Honor Society, which encourages the advancement of the science of psychology. Students can also take advantage of the department’s summer study abroad trip to the Czech Republic, an innovative program in which students live on the campus of Palacky University, take courses in psychology and Czech cultural studies, and accompany faculty on excursions that include field observations.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Art in Psychology(B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (B.S.)
  • Master of Science in Clinical-Counseling Psychology (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (M.S.)
  • Education Specialist in Counseling and Guidance (Ed.S.)
  • Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance (M.Ed.)
  • Education Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S.)

Minors

  • Psychology
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About the Psychology Curriculum

B.A. in Psychology

B.S. in Psychology

Both degree programs in psychology introduce students to psychology as a scientific discipline and focus on methods to improve the human condition. Students learn to design, run and analyze research studies and write reports using discipline-appropriate style and language. Students in both degree programs begin with the same core psychology courses. Those in the Bachelor of Arts program must take foreign language courses, while those in the Bachelor of Science program take courses within natural sciences and mathematics. With consultation from an advisor, students in each program further distinguish their degrees with a series of carefully selected coursework. Students in both degree programs are prepared for a number of career alternatives in government, business, industry, health care and other areas and for professional or graduate school in psychology, law, physical or occupational therapy, social work, business and education.

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Minor in Psychology

The psychology minor complements numerous degree programs at Valdosta State and is a good choice for students in other majors who may be considering graduate school in psychology. Fifteen hours of coursework are required to complete the minor.

M.S. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology

Students in the master’s program in clinical-counseling psychology receive individualized training by faculty members and become proficient in the discipline of clinical-counseling psychology, learn scientific methods within the discipline, and gain the skills necessary to write specific assessment reports and intervention plans. Graduates are prepared to work in community counseling and mental health centers.

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M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

The master’s program in industrial-organizational psychology includes close student-faculty contact, along with coursework and field placement. Students are trained in the application of psychological principles and approaches to solve a variety of human problems in organizational settings. Graduates are prepared for positions in the public and private sectors or may continue seeking advanced training in the field.

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Ed.S. in School Counseling

The Education Specialist degree in school counseling is designed for certified school counselors who seek additional roles as leaders and researchers in a school counseling setting. During the course of the program, school counselors develop advanced skills in counseling, consulting and research and enhance and advance their knowledge and skills in the areas of counseling, supervision, leadership, consultation, research and mental health care systems. Students in the program are required to satisfy all Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification as a component part of the degree program.

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M.Ed. in School Counseling

The Master of Education in school counseling prepares students to become school counselors who are eligible for certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Students in the program become scholars and practitioners and are able to think critically and apply their knowledge with skill and compassion. Students are required to satisfy all Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification as a component part of the degree program.

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Ed.S. in School Psychology

The Education Specialist degree in school psychology systematically trains students to become applied practitioners in the field of school psychology, as defined by the National Association of School Psychologists. Students gain knowledge in a number of psychology-related areas, learn to design individual and group treatment strategies, become proficient interpersonal communicators and amass an electronic professional portfolio. Students in the program are required to satisfy all Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification as a component part of the degree program.

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Careers*

  • Academic counselor
  • Admissions counselor
  • Behavioral therapist
  • Case manager
  • Child development specialist
  • Child psychologist
  • Child welfare worker
  • Clinical researcher
  • College professor
  • Community services specialist
  • Counselor
  • Crisis counselor
  • Employment counselor
  • Family counselor
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Industrial-organizational psychologist
  • Marriage counselor
  • Medical doctor
  • Mental health worker
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • School administrator
  • School counselor
  • School guidance counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Sports psychologist
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Vocational counselor
  • Youth counselor

 *Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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