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Psychology and Sociology Department

A female Columbia College graduate in Graduation Gown and Mortarboard

The Department of Psychology and Sociology is the host department for the psychology and sociology degree programs, the women's studies minor and the intergenerational studies minor. If you are interested in pursuing work in the helping professions or in graduate study in psychology or sociology will find the curricula here designed to prepare you for continued scholarship and for careers in the public and private sector.

The American Psychological Association (2003) reported that "The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that opportunities in psychology and will continue to grow over the next decade. Employment in health care will grow fastest in outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinics. Numerous job opportunities will also arise in schools, public and private social service agencies, and management consulting services."

Students who complete a bachelor's degree in psychology or sociology will find many career opportunities related to their major. They may be assistants in rehabilitation centers, or work as psych technicians in clinical settings or case managers in social services agencies. If they meet state certification requirements, they may be able to teach social sciences in high school. But, a B.A. is also fine preparation for many other professions.

Students in the Department of Psychology and Sociology often possess good research and writing skills. They are good problem solvers and have well-developed, higher-level thinking ability when it comes to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information. Most find jobs in administrative support, public affairs, education, business, sales, service industries, health, the biological sciences, and computer programming. They work as employment counselors, correction counselor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, probation officers, and writers. Two thirds believe their job is closely or somewhat related to their psychology or sociology background and that their jobs hold career potential (APA, 2003).

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