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What is Psychology?

Psychology is an academic and applied field involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychology also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including problems of individuals' daily lives and the treatment of mental illness. 

Psychology differs from anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology in seeking to explain the mental processes and behavior of individuals. Psychology differs from biology and neuroscience in that it is primarily concerned with the interaction of mental processes and behavior on a systemic level, as opposed to studying the biological or neural processes themselves. In contrast, the subfield of neuropsychology studies the actual neural processes and how they relate to the mental effects they subjectively produce. Biological psychology is the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and mental states.

CWU Department of Psychology

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Entry Level Positions

Activity LeaderAdmissions EvaluatorAdvertising Assistant
Assist. Account ExecutiveCommunity and Social Service WorkerCase Worker
Community Relations RepCopywriterCorporate Merchandising
Corrections OfficerCorrectional CaseworkerCottage Parent
Probation OfficerProfessional Employment RecruiterProgram Developer
Youth Corrections OfficerCrisis Intervention CounselorCustomer Service Rep.
Customs/Immigration OfficerEmployment Agency CounselorFood and Beverage Assistant Manager
Health Club Assist. Mgr.Hospice CoordinatorHotel Event Management
Human ResourcesPublic Opinion SurveyorPublic Relations Assist.
Recreation SpecialistSales RepresentativeSocial Service Professional Staff
Wage/Benefits AnalystInternational Student AdvisorJob Developer
Junior Market AnalystLabor Relations SpecialistMarket Research Analyst
Marketing/Sales ManagerMedia BuyerMedia Planner
Mental Health CoordinatorPersonnel AssistantPersonnel Interviewer
Statistician AssistantTeacherTechnical Writer/Communicator
Television/Media Research  
Related Career Titles for Advanced Degrees
Account ExecutiveArt TherapistChild Psychologist
College Student AffairsCareer Planning Prof.Community Relations Dir.
Counselor: Alcohol/DrugCounselor: CareerPsychiatrist
PsychologistCounselor: GuidanceCrisis Intervention Counselor
Counselor: SchoolCounselor: VocationalCreative Director
Human Resources Adm.Personnel ManagerPhysical Therapist
Music TherapistOccupational TherapistFinancial Aid Director
Employee Assistance DirectorInternational Student AdvisorJob Developer
Junior Market AnalystLabor Relations SpecialistMarket Research Analyst
Marketing/Sales ManagerTraining & Development ProfessionalSociologist
Financial AdvisorHealth EducatorMedia Buyer
Related Major Skills
Interpersonal Communication (oral and written)Knowledge of Human Development & Behavior
Able to Observe, Analyze, & Interpret InformationConcern for and Sensitivity to Others
Critical and Inferential ThinkingInsight to Deal Effectively with People
Ability to Resolve or Mediate ConflictsEngage in Ethical Practice
Problem SolvingDecision Making
Interviewing TechniquesGood Listener
Able to Promote Healthy RelationshipsUnderstanding of Group Dynamics

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Coastal Horizons Crisis Center: 

Corporation for National & Community Service (includes AmeriCorps): 

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Encyclopedia of Psychology: 

Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers and Specialists from the OOH: 

Human Services Career Network: 

IE3 Global Internships: 

Marky Lloyd's Careers in Psychology Page: 

National Association of School Psychologists: 

National Board for Certified Counselors: 

National Institute of Mental Health: 

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Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education & Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse:

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