Department of Psychology FAQ's

  1. What is psychology?
    Psychology is the study of the mind and human behavior. Its root word “Psyche” (Greek) comes from “Sakhu” (Egyptian), which meant the illuminator or the eye (as a window to the soul).

  2. What do psychologists do?
    Psychologists’ work involves tasks from providing therapy to conducting research, depending on the subfield in which they specialize. These subfields include Clinical, Counseling, Cognitive, Developmental, Educational, Experimental, Forensic, Health, Human Factors/Engineering, Industrial/Organizational, Neuropsychology, School, Social, and Sports Psychology.

  3. I want to be a psychologist. How long do I have to go to school?
    Once you finish your four-year degree, you should go on to graduate school. In order to earn your master’s degree, it takes two to three years. For your doctoral degree, you’re looking at another five to seven years.

  4. If I go on to graduate school, what are the requirements?
    When you are working on your bachelor’s degree, you should make sure you do your best, so that you graduate with a 3.0 or above. Also, you will have to study for, and take, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), if you plan to get your doctoral degree. It’s also a good idea to gain some research and practical experience.

  5. What can I do with a B.S. in psychology?
    Although you can’t call yourself a psychologist with a bachelor’s degree, you will have knowledge of human relations, in addition to research and statistical skills. This expertise offers you career versatility; companies hire psychology majors for a variety of positions (e.g. human resources).