Psychology

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The human brain is both essential and complex. The three-pound organ contains approximately as many neurons as there are stars in our galaxy – and is equally as mysterious.

There are some functions our brains are clearly responsible for: interpreting our surroundings, coping with stressful or joyous situations, and communicating with others. But the mind is also an enigma, and often poorly understood. This is especially true when it comes to those who live with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or other atypical behaviors. 

Fortunately, the stigma against mental illness is disappearing. According to the American Psychological Association, each new generation seems to be more comfortable than the last when it comes to talking about mental health. This openness can lead to better stress management, improved relationships, and a brighter future.

That’s where you come in. 

As a Psychology student at Keuka College, you will have the opportunity to help others and combat society’s greatest challenges by studying human behavior, emotion, and diverse cognitive function. 

Program Highlights

An Internship Every Year

Do you prefer to work in a counseling setting with families, in a community setting with children with developmental disabilities, or in a prison as a specialist in deviance and social control? Maybe you want to take your studies further and attend graduate school. Thanks to Keuka College’s Field Period® program, you won’t have to wait until you graduate to figure out your best fit – and you’ll be prepared for whatever you choose. 

Research Opportunities

Students will identify an area of interest for a professional-caliber self-directed capstone project. In addition to enhancing your studies, you can pursue academic publication of your research, all while developing a strong sense of ethics. Recent capstone projects include whether student-athletes are more motivated during their sports season or the off-season and how students’ sense of well-being may be impacted by perceptions of discrimination.

Customize Your Psychology Degree

In this program, you will choose between three unique concentrations: developmental disabilities, forensic psychology, and mental health. Identifying a focus early on means you’ll have the opportunity to hone in on one specific career path while preparing yourself for diverse opportunities within that specialty. 

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The Keuka College Psychology program offers unique opportunities to customize your Psychology degree in the areas of Mental Health or and Forensic psychology.

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.

When combined with the experiential learning we offer within the classroom and our hands-on Field Period® program, you will graduate with a solid toolkit of skills ready to apply across the field of human services.

What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree?

A Psychology degree is incredibly versatile and opens a world of career opportunities, including as a:

  • Applied Behavior Analyst
  • Art Therapist
  • Behavioral Analytics Specialist
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Coach
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Disability Advocate
  • Gerontologist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Group Home Coordinator
  • Health Educator
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Recruiter
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Social Science Research Assistant
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Victim Advocate

Keuka College's Field Period

Much More Than An Annual Internship

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Build Your Résumé

And Your Own Professional Network

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Get Real Experience

You'll Use in Your Field and Throughout Your Life

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Discover Yourself

Learn What You Like and Where You Want to Go

After completing a Field Period® with a school psychologist, I changed my major to psychology. 

Field Period was successful in helping me figure out what major I wanted to pursue, and I can see myself becoming a school psychologist at the junior high school level.

Emily Cottrell '19

Where Can a Psychology Field Period Take You?

Psychology students often use their Field Period experiences to explore different aspects of psychology, ranging from mental health therapy to forensic analysis, to advertising and marketing. Recent Field Period sites include:

  • Access to Independence
  • Adirondack Medical Center
  • Aisling Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Bay Trail Middle School
  • Belleville Henderson Central School District
  • Berkshire Dream Center
  • Broome County Sheriffs Office
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ecela Spanish
  • Buffalo District Attorney's Office
  • Childhelp Center of Arizona
  • City of Rome Police Department
  • Elderwood
  • Family Behavior Solutions, Inc
  • Happiness House
  • Hillside Children's Center
  • Hudson Valley Adoption Services
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • New York State Park Police
  • Niagara County Family Court
  • OMNI Equestrain Center
  • Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home
  • River Community Wellness Program
  • Rochester Animal Services
  • Rochester City School District
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc.
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Syracuse Police Department

Your future psychology professors are much more than exceptional teachers — they're accomplished researchers and extraordinary academic advisors. 

Your biology professors will get to know you as an individual. They'll help you maximize your strengths, improve upon your weaknesses, and advise you on the courses you'll need to take so you can make the most of your biology degree and enjoy the career of your dreams, whether your next step is a career or graduate school.

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How Would You Join Keuka College and with What GPA?

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Affording Your Keuka College Education

Keuka College scholarships, state and federal grants, employer tuition remission, and military benefits are financial aid options that may be available to you. Our financial aid team is here to help you navigate the process and find as many opportunities as are available to you. 

Your application for admission is also your application for financial aid. It's free to apply, so why not start your application today?

Comparing Us to a SUNY or CUNY?
"Free tuition" at state schools doesn't come without costs. Even though Keuka College is private, that doesn't mean a state school will be less expensive for you, even if you're eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Submit an Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship Opportunities.
  • Keuka College is test optional and believes there's much more to you than just a test score. The admissions committee considers all application materials in its holistic review of your eligibility. 
  • There is no deadline to apply, and we offer rolling admissions. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you'll receive your admissions decision and scholarship. In most cases, you'll receive a response from us within 1-2 weeks. 

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