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Psychology

Psychology

Program Description

Major in Psychology at AUM, where you’ll develop critical skills as you apply the scientific method to people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. You’ll develop abilities that will help you succeed in the business world, law school, and many other careers, including, of course, being a professional psychologist. You’ll learn to conceptualize problems, evaluate evidence, and defuse potential conflict as you study the underlying causes of human behavior. If you aspire to become a clinical psychologist, AUM’s program will prepare you for graduate school; it’s also good preparation for careers in social work and counseling.

Points of Pride

  • Megan Traffanstedt, an AUM graduate student, and Dr. Steve Lobello attracted international media interest from organizations like CBS News and the Chicago Tribune with her 2016 article in Clinical Psychological Science questioning the diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder.
  • Up-to-date curriculum modeled on the American Psychological Association guidelines for undergraduate programs.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A psychology degree will prepare you for a range of careers in the community and social science occupations. Employment in these fields is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations — 10 percent from 2014 to 2024—and most of the job growth will be in healthcare and social assistance.  At $41,290, the median annual wage for community and social service occupations in 2014 was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations


U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample

Jobs

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Psychologist

$70,700 per year

19% (32,500 more jobs)

School counselor

$53,370 per year

8% (22,500 more jobs)

Rehabilitation counselor

$34,380 per year

9% (10,800 more jobs)

For More Information

Psychology Department

Auburn University at Montgomery

Goodwyn Hall 210

334-244-3306

tsexton1@aum.edu

Soaring Warhawks

  • Van Orum earned his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and his National Certified Counselor credential before returning to AUM as a Student Success Advisor in the Warhawk Academic Success Center.
  • Bethany Mims received her Masters in Psychology from AUM in 2014 and is now in the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Psychology major includes:


Course #

Course Name

Course Description

PSYC 3123

Behavior Analysis

A study of basic learning principles, particularly operant and respondent behavior, reinforcement schedules, escape and avoidance behavior and secondary reinforcement. Includes required laboratory sessions where these principles are applied to a computerized animal.

PSYC 4330

Sensation and Perception

A survey of how organisms sense and perceive the environment. Topics include stimuli that activate the sense organs and theories and research about how the brain and past experiences convert sensations into perceptions.

PSYC 4350

Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Behavior

The study of chemicals that have the potential to alter mood, perception or behavior. Includes the composition and effects of such drugs, theoretical perspectives and empirical research.

PSYC 3450

Social Psychology

A survey of topics such as attitude formation and change, communication, social interaction, leadership, group structure and process and socialization. Usually offered in the fall and spring terms.

PSYC 3460

Psychology of Women

An exploration of the psychological issues related to the biological, emotional, cognitive and social functioning of women.

PYSC 3470

Culture of Psychology

Studies the importance of culture in explaining human behavior. Encourages students to raise questions about traditional viewpoints in psychology and to evaluate different ways of understanding the diversity of human behavior in general.

PSYC 3510

Personality

A survey of the scientific, phenomenological and psychodynamic approaches to the study of personality.

PSYC 3530

Abnormal Psychology

A survey of abnormal behavior, it classification, diagnosis, causes, and treatment. Usually offered every semester.

PSYC 3780

Developmental Psychology

A study of behavioral, emotional and social changes across the lifespan, from conception and infancy, through the childhood, juvenile, adolescent, adult and elderly years.

PSYC 4902

Independent Study in Psychology

Students work under the direction of a faculty member on a topic area of interest. Except in unusual circumstances, students are not normally allowed more than one independent study. All independent studies require a written contract.

PSYC 4924

Practicum in Psychology

Each student works under supervision of a faculty member in a departmentally approved setting to learn skills by providing psychological services. Available every term with consent of an instructor and the department chair.

PSYC 4952

Seminar in Psychology (preferred option)

Topics for the seminar vary, based on student and faculty interest.