Psychology Careers

Goshen College Alumni

Here are current positions held by some psychology alumni:

  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Audiologist
  • Behavior Specialist & Mobile Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • Pastor of Congregational Care & Nurture
  • Personal Banker
  • Psychologist
  • Director of Nursing
  • Medical Massage Therapist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Senior Graphic Designer
  • Business Analyst
  • Adult ESL Teacher
  • Pediatric Neuropsychologist
  • Realtor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Family Therapist
  • Lawyer

Overview

According to the American Psychological Association:

“Why people do the things they do is an age-old question. However, psychology—the science concerned with behavior, both human and nonhuman animals—is only about 125 years old. Despite its youth, it is a broad discipline, essentially spanning subject matter from biology to sociology. Biology studies the structures and functions of living organisms. Sociology examines how groups function in society. Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. As scientists, psychologists follow scientific methods, using careful observation, experimentation, and analysis. But psychologists also need to be creative in the way they apply scientific findings.

Psychologists are frequently innovators, evolving new approaches from established knowledge to meet changing needs of people and societies. They develop theories and test them through their research. As this research yields new information, these findings become part of the body of knowledge that practitioners call on in their work with clients and patients. Psychology is a tremendously varied field.”

About the Coursework

The GC psychology department is active and research-oriented; faculty and students alike publish and present papers. The breadth of skills brought by the professors allows the department to offer a wide range of courses in clinical, developmental, social, and experimental psychology. Other course topics include statistics and research methodology, psychometrics, psychology of religion, and applied psychology.

Psychology majors find that in addition to testing principles and facts, they also learn ways to integrate faith into a profession and openly discuss controversial issues while studying the foundations of psychology and its practical applications in society.

The psychology department offers courses that prepare students for continued study in psychology and working with people in a wide variety of settings. The department also offers an Honors program for students with exemplary skills in the field of psychology. Areas of study include self-management strategies, personality assessment, industrial organization and environmental implications.

Possible courses include:

  • Statistics & Methods
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Human Behavior
  • Contemporary Viewpoints in Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Violence and Nonviolence
  • Psychology of Religion

For a full list of requirements and courses, refer to the course catalog.

Teacher certification is available in social studies for grades 5-12. For more information see the education department’s web site.

Possible Career Paths

Graduates of the psychology program are currently working in administration, counseling, public-welfare agencies, mental-health centers, institutions for delinquent and emotionally disturbed children, probation services, and a variety of additional social and religious agencies. Many complete graduate degrees and engage in research or in professions such as teaching, law, or ministry.

The list below provides several career options, but it is not exhaustive. Please note that some positions require additional education.

  • Art Therapist
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Behavioral Psychologist
  • Case Manager
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Community Relations Director
  • Criminologist
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Drug Abuse Prevention Educator
  • Grievance Officer
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Industrial Relations Manager
  • Intensive Family Therapist
  • Investigator
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Market Researcher/Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Mental Health Advocate
  • Mental Health Coordinator
  • Non-profit Organization Manager
  • Pastor
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Professor
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Aid
  • School Administrator
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Suicide Prevention Specialist
  • Trauma Support Specialist
  • Wage/Benefit Analyst
  • Youth Services Specialist

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