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Welcome to the Psychology Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette! Goals for students majoring in psychology at UL Lafayette include a solid foundation for graduate study, an understanding of the scientific nature of contemporary psychology, and broad training in theories, methods, and procedures in psychology.

Psychology is one of the most popular majors in the entire college curriculum. Individuals with a B.S. degree have found employment in such areas as: teaching (day-care centers, pre-school, special education centers), business sales, management, administration, counseling (counselor, youth activities coordinator, counselor for juvenile offenders), and many other human service areas. Competition for available jobs is keen. Salaries vary with employer, location, and applicant's experience.

Recent surveys report that between 30 and 40 percent of psychology majors go on to graduate school in psychology or allied disciplines in order to achieve the applied skills and specialized knowledge necessary for many jobs in the human service fields. Graduate training is strongly recommended.

Because psychology tends to be confused with psychiatry, a medical specialty, many people erroneously assume that psychologists concern themselves primarily with psychopathology and deviant behavior. The concerns of psychology are considerably more diverse. Psychology began simply as a philosophical approach to understanding behavior and developed in the laboratory as a scientific approach toward the same goal.

Those students who pursue graduate work may become involved in a variety of areas of psychology, doing either research or study in areas such as clinical, experimental, counseling/guidance, education, industrial/personnel, school, developmental, personality, psychometrics and general psychology. Many professionals in psychology are found teaching in colleges and universities. Others are in private practice as clinical psychologists and counselors, or employed by hospitals, the military, government agencies, business and industry.
        Psychology Program Mission Statement        

Document last revised Monday, November 23, 2015 11:06 AM

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Psychology Department, P.O. Box 43644, Lafayette LA 70504
Girard Hall, Room 216 · E-Mail: psycdept@louisiana.edu
Telephone: 337/482-6597