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What Can You Do with a Psychology Degree?

You can earn a psychology degree at most any college or university.

But at Keuka College, you can tailor your psychology major to fit your graduate school and career interests by pursuing concentrations in forensic psychology, child and family studies, developmental disabilities, or mental health.

The concentration in child and family studies is intended for those who anticipate working with children in non-educational settings and those intending to pursue graduate studies in areas related to services for children. The concentration in developmental disabilities prepares psychology majors for entry-level positions, working with individuals who exhibit mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. The concentration in forensic psychology prepares students who want to work in legal areas.

While there are some required courses—such as Introductory Psychology, which provides an overview of all the major areas of the discipline—students have the option of taking a variety of elective courses in the research, developmental psychology, and clinical/counseling areas.

Expand Your Horizons

Keuka offers majors in social work, criminology and criminal justice, and education, providing yet more course options for psychology majors looking to expand their horizons. Plus, there’s a junior research seminar course and senior research seminar where students develop expertise in a self-selected area of psychology and acquire research experience and skills that are highly valued by graduate schools.

While the depth and breadth of the curriculum provides students with the tools to succeed in graduate school and the world of work, what truly sets Keuka’s program apart are the numerous opportunities for practical experience.

Do Psychology

Keuka is recognized as the national leader in experiential, hands-on learning and Field Period is one reason why. Thanks to this required internship program, psychology majors take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world each year they are enrolled.

Keuka’s commitment to have its psychology students not only learn psychology but do psychology doesn’t end with Field Period. They garner hands-on opportunities in class, laboratory settings, Psychology Club activities, and at undergraduate psychology conferences.

And it’s not only the quantity of hands-on experiences offered at Keuka College; it’s the quality. When they step out of the psychology classroom to pursue practical experience, Keuka students see the many roles psychologists play in society, clarify their professional goals, and build their resumes for graduate schools and the job market.

It is important to note that for some fields of psychology, students must go beyond the bachelor’s degree and seek higher education and training. Many graduates of the Keuka College psychology program elect to pursue advanced degrees, particularly in the areas of school and counseling psychology.

But no matter when Keuka psychology graduates enter the job market, they can look forward to bright prospects. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) states that psychology and related careers will be among the fastest growing occupations through 2016. According to OOH, “the overall employment of psychologists is expected to grow faster than average” and the “job opportunities for counselors should be very good because job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs.”

Learn more about majoring in Psychology at Keuka College.

Psychology Internships & Field Periods

Students working toward a psychology degree at Keuka College must complete a 140-hour internship each year—we call this Field Period.

Here's where some of our psychology students have recently done their Field Periods. All of these organizations have indicated they'd be interested in hosting Keuka students in the future.

Action for a Better Community/New Direction
Rochester, N.Y.
Ameriprise Financial
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Annie's Ark Childcare Center
Livonia, N.Y.
ARC Otsego
Oneonta, N.Y.
Arnot Ogden Medical Center
Elmira, N.Y.
Auburn Correctional Facility
Auburn, N.Y.
Baker Victory Services
Lackawanna, N.Y.
Benchmark Family Services
Watertown, N.Y.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lycoming County
Williamsport, Pa.
Broome Development Center
Binghamton, N.Y.
Camden Central School District
Camden, N.Y.
Camp Mark 7
Old Forge, N.Y.
City of Corning, Parks and Recreation
Corning, N.Y.
Dundee Youth Center
Dundee, N.Y.
Eckerd Drug
Canandaigua, N.Y.
Florida States Attorney's Office
Tallahassee, Fla.
GATE Anger Management and Counseling
Geneva, N.Y.
Geneva City School District
Geneva, N.Y.
Hillside Family Agencies
Romulus, N.Y.
Horseheads Central School District
Horseheads, N.Y.
Hutchings Psychiatric Center
Syracuse, N.Y.
Jefferson County Probation Office
Watertown, N.Y.
Jordan - Elbridge Central School District
Jordan, N.Y.
Lakeview Mental Health Services Inc.
Geneva, N.Y.
Livingston County Sheriff
Geneseo, N.Y.
New Visions Counseling & Consultation Svcs.
Auburn, N.Y.
Oswego County Department of Social Services
Mexico, N.Y.
Oswego County Sheriff's Department
Oswego, N.Y.
Pathways, Inc.
Corning, N.Y.
Regional School District #19
Storrs, Conn.
Rome Police Department
Rome, N.Y.
Salvation Army Halfway House
Elmira, N.Y.
South Lewis Central School
Turin, N.Y.
Stewart's Shop
Lowville, N.Y.
The House of the Good Shepard
Utica, N.Y.
Vera House
Syracuse, N.Y.
Wellness G.I.F.T.S.
Bath, N.Y.
West Genesee Central School District
Camillus, N.Y.
Whitney Point Daycare and Preschool
Whitney Point, N.Y.
YMCA of Greater Rochester
Rochester, N.Y.

What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree?

With a Psychology degree, you can find a career in the following:

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Alcohol/Drug Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Worker
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Director of Volunteer Services
  • Events Coordinator
  • Family Service Worker
  • Gerontologist
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public Relations Manager

Average Annual Salary

$32,130 (substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors), $32,960 (mental health counselors), $34,820 (child, family, and school social workers), $54,950 (counseling, clinical, and school psychologists), $45,570 (educational, vocational, and school counselors), $173,922 (general psychiatrist), $43,830 (public relations specialists), $41,190 (employment, recruitment, and placement specialists) Occupational Outlook Handbook, May 2004