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About Psychology at Keuka College

The study of psychology will give you an in-depth understanding of the diverse nature of people, how to think scientifically, an idea of how the human mind works, and a strong sense of ethics to guide your research and testing. As a psychology major, you can choose one of three concentrations: developmental disabilities, forensic psychology, or mental health. If you’re interested in working with children and families, you can easily double major in child and family studies along with psychology.

Through theory and hands-on experience, you’ll be prepared for further graduate study or a variety of career opportunities that include family services, psychiatry, psychology, child protection services, or school guidance counseling.

Psychology Program Highlights

Human Development

Learn how to assess the way people grow and change throughout the life cycle, and the variety of factors that impact human life and behavior. Exploration of child and family development is woven throughout the curriculum.

Research

Learn to think scientifically about human behavior through practical studies in statistics, experimental methodology and in-depth research. Develop a portfolio of productive study in your area of interest that will lay a foundation for advanced study, practice or application in grad school or a future career.  

Experiential Learning

Thanks to the life-learning lab atmosphere in both the classroom and your annual Field Period™, you will gain at least 560 hours of hands-on, real-world preparation for future work in fields such as mental health and counseling, developmental disabilities, or psychology and the law.   

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Program Overview

The Keuka College psychology program offers unique concentrations you won’t find anywhere else to customize your psychology degree in the areas of mental health psychology, developmental disabilities and forensic psychology. These areas of focus are uniquely suited to build upon your knowledge of human development and behavioral concepts to help you hone in on a specific career path that can lead to diverse opportunities within each specialty. When combined with the experiential learning we offer within the classroom and our hands-on Field Period™ program, which provides an opportunity to develop real-world experience in an array of professional settings, you will graduate with a solid toolkit of skills ready to apply across the field of human services.

Keuka College also offers a minor in psychology that pairs well with majors in criminal justice and criminology, political science and history, or sociology. Our psychology major also pairs well with a second major in child and family studies.

Mental Health Psychology Concentration

If you desire to work in a counseling setting with individuals or families, consider our mental health psychology concentration. The range of courses within this concentration include the assessment of dysfunctional and maladaptive behavior; the primary approach to psychological intervention; and theories of psychopathology, treatment planning, implementation, and evaluation. You will complete a practicum (lab) experience in a mental health or health care setting, and both a junior and senior research seminar where you’ll focus on more advanced topics in research methods and associated statistical analysis.

Developmental Disabilities Concentration

If you have a desire to work with people disabilities in non-educational settings, our developmental disabilities concentration may be right for you. Thanks to a range of courses in education for youth and those with special needs, as well as courses in behavior analysis and modification, you will gain a foundation in meeting the unique needs of this at-risk population. Further, hands-on experience can be added to your knowledge through direct work with our D.R.I.V.E. students, a group of young adults ages 18 - 25 with developmental disabilities who are mainstreamed into select campus courses. D.RI.V.E students may attend a range of courses from our psychology, social work, education and occupational therapy programs, and they can earn an educational certificate for completing life-learning skills in those classes, assisted by OT, social work, education and psychology majors. D.R.I.V.E. is a collaboration between the Penn Yan Central School District, ARC of Yates County and Keuka College.  

Forensic Psychology Concentration

Forensic psychology is where the criminal justice system and the study of psychology intersect, and if you become a specialist within this field, you are likely to provide mental health services to those within prisons or on probation. Courses involving psychological tests and measures, deviance and social control, abnormal psychology, constitutional law, and ethnic diversity will prepare you to provide a range of support to law enforcement, caseworkers, and judicial officials.

Faculty

Our faculty boast a wealth of clinical experience, which will impact your classroom studies and academic advisement. A licensed, clinical psychologist leads the program, bringing experience in forensic evaluations, developmental disability assessments, child custody evaluations, and mental health services within local county governments. Additional supporting faculty bring expertise in abnormal psychology/psychopathology, physiology of the brain and related behaviors, the dynamics of child and family behavior, as well as clinical interventions, therapies, and various types of mental illness.  

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Global Education

The psychology major provides you with clinical perspectives on human behavior and sustainable mental health and lifestyle patterns. These perspectives can then be contrasted with global views of human development in countries very different from ours. Understanding unique cultural factors that may impact perspectives on various stages of the life cycle and human behavior elsewhere can lead to improved dialogue and best practices within interpersonal relationships for families, co-workers, corporations, communities and nations.

Research

All psychology majors will complete an independent senior research project over a series of two courses. The senior research project is self-directed, but guided by a faculty member, and will reflect your personal areas of interest. By intent, your research project will be professional caliber and some students have chosen to further enhance their study by pursuing academic publication of their research.

Capstone research projects have recently explored issues such as:

  • whether student-athletes are more motivated during their sports season or during the off-season;
  • how students’ sense of well-being may be impacted by perceptions of discrimination in regards to race, religion or other factors and whether an increase in include in alcohol use may result;
  • mindfulness (the trait of being fully present), and various impacts and effects mindfulness may have in performance across a range of activities.

Extracurriculars

Professor Nick Koberstein is the current club adviser for the joint Behavioral Sciences club, which draws in students from majors including psychology, sociology, and related fields.

Pi Gamma Mu

Pi Gamma Mu is the International Honor Society in Social Science. Each year Social Sciences Faculty members nominate junior and senior students for membership in recognition of their scholastic success in social science courses and overall.

Award Opportunities

Mike Rogoff Psychology Award

The Senior Award in Psychology was established to recognize excellence in the areas of academic performance, out of class service, and leadership. This year, in honor of the late Dr. Mike Rogoff, longtime psychology professor for the College, the award has been renamed the Mike Rogoff Psychology Award

Field Period™

In contrast to other regional colleges or universities, Keuka College requires each undergraduate student to complete 4 (four) 140-hour Field Period™ experiences, (one per year) which may take the shape of a real-world internship, cultural study at home or abroad, community service project, artistic endeavor or spiritual exploration. Keuka College psychology majors have conducted personal Field Period™ experiences in sites such as prisons, jails, public school psychology or counseling offices, acute or chronic care mental health facilities, residential treatment programs for individuals with emotional or behavioral disturbances, or those with developmental disabilities. Our unique Field Period™ program means you’ll graduate with more applied experience in psychology than any other school in the region.

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• Child Psychologist
• Clinical Psychologist
• Eating Disorder Psychologist
• Educational Psychologist
• Geropsychologist
• Pediatric Psychologist
• School Psychologist
• Vocational Psychologist
• Engineering Psychologist
• Human Resources Psychologist
• I/O Psychologist
• Industrial Psychologist
• Management Psychologist
• Organizational Psychologist
• Organizational Research Consultant
• Personnel Research Psychologist
• Developmental Psychologist
• Experimental Psychologist
• Forensic Psychologist
• Neuropsychologist
• Psychotherapist
• Rehabilitation Psychologist
• Social Psychologist
• Sports Psychologist

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Psychologists, All Other

All psychologists not listed separately.

$94,590 5,200 1,600 Master's degree
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

$77,350 800 400 Master's degree
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists

Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.

$70,580 63,800 30,500 Doctoral or professional degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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