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Psychology, the science of human behavior, is the method that helps us understand not only our own, but the behavior of others. Psychology is used to improve relationships, understand actions and feelings, and help those in the community by impacting the quality of their life.
La Roche College offers two majors within the Psychology department: Psychology and Human Services. Both of these majors offer students the basic knowledge and principles needed to succeed in this demanding, but rewarding field.
Majoring in Psychology:
The Psychology major prepares graduates for entry-level positions in multiple fields and graduate work. The curriculum is structured to develop students' knowledge, ability to conduct and understand research, and to solve relevant problems of the field. Students are provided the opportunity to develop critical thinking, effective communication, information and technology literacy, and interpersonal skills. The faculty is committed to exploring issues of human diversity and to the integration of learning and personal growth.
Majoring in Human Services:
The Human Services major prepares students for entry-level positions in the helping professions. The program, structured to be multidisciplinary and grounded in application, exposes students to theoretical and empirical information, and practical, hands-on experiences. Students explore the person and the person's place in the social milieu, learn about community resources, and how to manage cases and people.
Both the Psychology and the Human Services majors provide numerous opportunities for diverse internships. One of the department's award-winning faculty members will oversee student activities and provide academic enrichment that fortifies the student's on-site learning. Students often report that their internships are their best college experiences and many students are offered jobs through their internship sites.
What can I do with my major?
One of the best qualities of the psychology field is its diversity. Students who graduate with a degree in Psychology or Human Services are successful in gaining employment in a variety of fields including: mental health and retardation, welfare work, group counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, community outreach, research assistant, wrap-around programs, and many more. In addition, students are prepared for graduate training and many students have matriculated in masters of Social Work (MSW) programs and now have flourishing practices.