A degree in the study of psychology can be both rewarding and useful. Understanding how the human mind works and how people respond to themselves, others and the environment can be a skill that translates well to the workplace. For instance, in the field of business where human resource managers are needed, someone with a degree in psychology (in addition to training in human resources) may have an edge in the job market because of their ability to gauge the efficacy of potential employees or deal with existing employees.
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University of Wisconsin
One school with a prominent psychology department is the University of Wisconsin in Madison. UWM is home of the top-rated department for the study of clinical psychology in the United States for 2008, according to the "U.S. News & World Report." In addition to its clinical psychology program, UWM offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the UWM undergraduate program is its emphasis upon undergraduate student research. Rather than simply taking courses, students have the opportunity to engage in graduate-level research and receive undergraduate fellowships to fund their projects. At the graduate-degree level, as with many prominent psychology programs, a Ph.D. is the only degree offered. Students receive a coterminal master's degree as part of completing the Ph.D. program. The graduate program has several areas of concentration: clinical psychology, social and personality studies, biology of the brain and behaviour, perception, developmental studies and cognitive and cognitive neuroscience research.
University of Wisconsin--Madison Department of Psychology 1202 W. Johnson St Madison, WI 53706 608-262-2079 psych.wisc.edu
Stanford University has long been recognised as one of the top schools for the study of psychology. Stanford's psychology department was ranked as the best psychology department in the nation by "U.S. News & World Report" in 2009. Stanford also offers prominent undergraduate and graduate psychology degrees. The undergraduate program at Stanford emphasises research in the same way as the program at UWM. Stanford offers both a major and minor in the field of psychology and an honours track. Both the graduate and undergraduate programs offer specialisations in various fields such as mind, culture and society, neuroscience, cognitive sciences and health and development. Stanford offers a Ph.D. at the graduate-degree level and is home to prominent research centres for psychology, including the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Stanford University 450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305 650-725-2400 stanford.edu
Washington University--St. Louis
Also among the more prominent psychology schools in the nation, Washington University (WUSL) in St. Louis is a world-renowned research institution offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in the psychology field. WUSL was ranked No. 13 by "U.S. News & World Report" in 2009. The undergraduate department at WUSL offers both a major and minor in the psychology field, along with an honours track. The program generally graduates about 200 psychology majors each academic school year. Supplemental concentrations are offered within the undergraduate major in the fields of cognition in children, personality and individual differences, cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychopathology, lifespan development; and reading, language and language acquisition. Four fields of specialisation are offered in the Ph.D. program: clinical psychology, behaviour, brain and cognition studies, ageing and developmental studies and personality and social studies.
Washington University in St. Louis Department of Psychology Campus Box 1125 St. Louis, MO 63130 314-935-6565 psychweb.wustl.edu
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