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FIELDS OF PSYCHOLOGY

Behavioral Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Counseling
Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
Psycholinguistics
Neuropsychology
Educational and School Psychology

Clinical-Personality-Social Cluster
Experimental-Physiological-Comparative Cluster
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Overlapping Fields of Psychology

Courses fall into natural groupings, although these broadly defined areas of study can overlap. In each of the three areas described above, some of the courses are introductory while others may have several prerequisites or may be open only to upperclassmen. The student who has not yet decided upon a sub-field of study related to his/her future career would do well to sample from the introductory courses in more than one area of psychology.

Clinical-Personality-Social Cluster

One area, which emphasizes the dynamics of human behavior, can be described as the clinical-personality-social cluster. It includes courses dealing with normal and abnormal personality (Psychology 221 and 232), psychological testing - Psychometrics (Psychology 223), motivational and psychoanalytic theories (Psychology 331, 333, and 341), social processes (Psychology 338), and clinical applications (Psychology 347, 349, and 371). Somewhat related to this group is the course in child psychology, Psychology 224. If you would like to discuss specific interests or have questions about this cluster, please contact the following professors:

Experimental-Physiological-Comparative Cluster

Another grouping of courses is the experimental- physiological-comparative cluster. These courses are research-oriented. They deal with effects of experimental variables on the behavior of human beings and animals and include training in scientific experimentation and data analysis. One series of courses deals with the experimental investigation of learning, perception, and cognition (Psychology 213, 311, 312, 313). The physiological basis of behavior is explored in Psychology 343. If you would like to discuss specific interests or have questions, please contact the following professors:

Industrial And Organizational Psychology

The area of Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology is comprised of six fields: Selection and Placement, Training and Development, Performance Management, Organization Development, Quality of Worklife, and Ergonomics. Introduction to I/O Psychology (Psych 226) provides an overall review of each of these areas. Training and Organizational Development (PSY 245) reviews the fields of Training and Development which are concerned with the identification of employee skill deficits, and Organization Development which is concerned with the analysis of the organizational structure to identify problems and solutions to help facilitate organizational growth. Performance Management (Psych 246) provides an in-depth review of the field of Performance Management which is concerned with improving and maintaining worker performance. (Psychology 226, 245, 246). If you would like to discuss specific interests or have questions, please contact: Dr. Alicia Alvero.

Overlapping Fields of Psychology A few courses, best labeled as "Overlapping Fields of Psychology" have not been mentioned above because they overlap with two or more of the three areas outlined. They are Psychology 101, 107, 334, 336, and 348. If you would like to discuss specific interests or have questions, please contact the following professors:

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