Helping the Human Family
Providing a helping hand to those in need is a key component of Concordia’s mission. In that same spirit, the psychology major at Concordia is a combination of academic knowledge and practical application. Students develop exceptional research and critical thinking skills guided by mentor-teachers with broad experience in the field. With a curriculum based on the solid empirical foundation of psychology, students graduate with the tools, knowledge and experience to be agents of positive change in their communities and beyond.
Along with small class sizes and experienced faculty, students majoring in psychology at Concordia gain real-world experience through internships in a variety of mental health and social service settings.
- The psychology program at Concordia provides a rich array of courses guided by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Guidelines for Undergraduate Education.
- To enhance career and graduate school opportunities, students choose an engaging and challenging senior capstone project. One option is the psychology internship where students put their education and experience to use in service to individuals in their communities. Or students may choose to conduct original research with a psychology faculty member, defending their thesis outcomes in front of a faculty committee. Faculty members in the Psychology Department are actively engaged in research. Click HERE to access some of the psychology research.
- Concordia University psychology graduates work in a variety of settings, including private corporations, schools, hospitals, government offices, colleges, and a broad range of social service agencies.
- There are many sub-fields to psychology, including clinical, personal, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology.
- Check out the Psychology Department newsletter HERE.
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“I was the very first person in my family to go to college and thought attending grad school might be overly ambitious. My professors’ faith in me to continue was what really pushed me to get my masters. Without my MA, I wouldn’t have landed my position as a high school counselor.” – Kelsey Green ’08
How a college degree pays off
Among the most frequently asked questions from potential college students and their parents deals with career opportunities. “Can I get a job in that field?” and “What are the salary ranges?”
It is difficult to answer either question with specifics. Securing a job in any field depends on many factors, including the strength of the economy, market trends in specific job markets and skills of the college graduate in relationship to other job applicants.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article (May 7, 2015) on college degrees and income. Melissa Korn states, “On average, college graduates earn about $1 million more in their lifetimes than do adults who only completed high school.” But you need to drill deeper into the details to understand how educational decisions can impact potential earnings. While you need a subscription to the WSJ to read the entire article, you can watch a video on their website to grasp the scope of the story (click "wsj.com/TheShortAnswer" in the lower right corner of the graph). Click HERE for the earnings graph by discipline. The complete report from the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown University can be accessed here: The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.
In addition, PayScale provides a college salary report as to how different majors and degrees potentially affect lifetime earnings. Click on the "Major Grouping" to the left of the graph and drag your mouse over the various lines on the graph to highlight specific majors/disciplines and median earnings potential. The graph compares different degree levels along with years in the workforce. Salary information is collected by PayScale through online surveys.
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