PSYCHOLOGY

Sarah Strout, PhD
Department Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Psychology
P: (845)-848-4114
E: Sarah.Strout@dc.edu 
 

About the Program 

The Psychology program is designed to provide the student with insights about the individual and his or her world. It is primarily concerned with analysis of the relationships between scientific theory and basic research in discovering, understanding, and integrating the fundamental laws of behavior. Major theories, methodological approaches, and applications of psychological knowledge are stressed in the areas of sensation and perception, learning and cognitive processes, motivation and emotion, development, personality, social psychology, intelligence, and abnormal psychology. 

Successful graduates of the major find it a useful foundation for post-graduate study in any sub-field in Psychology or for direct entry into a variety of professions such as counseling, child care workers, managers, sales, and others. Internship opportunities, research, and practical experiences are available to students while they are at the College, and are recommended as valuable additional preparation for the beginning of a career path.

The Major in Psychology  

The Psychology program provides students with a foundation in general psychology, theory, research, and application.  The curriculum provides: 

  • A solid preparation to those students who intend to pursue graduate studies in the fields of psychology, social work, education, guidance and counseling; and
  
  • Basic skills and knowledge to those students who may find themselves at the completion of their bachelor's degree working in any of the various human services and human relations areas, such as mental health, education, personnel, government, and law.  

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology will select one of the following two emphases: General Psychology or Preparation for Graduate Training. Within either one of these emphases, students will complete the following requirements:

  • Core courses
  • Developmental courses
  • Social courses
  • Clinical courses
  • Theoretical courses
  • Applied courses 
  • Elective courses
Career Opportunities

With a Bachelors Degree in Psychology you can become a:
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Caregiver
  • Case Manager
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Career Counselor
  • Psychiatric Technician
With a Graduate Degree in Psychology you can become a:
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • School Psychologist
  • Experimental Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
 

For More Information: 

  • Consult your advisor
  • Arrange an appointment with one of the psychology faculty. Please contact the department secretary at (845) 848-4068 to make an appointment.