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Field of Study: Psychology, General


A general psychology program focuses on human behaviors and behavioral disorders.



Students learn how the mind develops, how people learn, and what motivates people.

Psychology programs include topics such as:

  • Subfields of psychology
  • Psychological assessment and testing methods
  • Behavioral studies
  • Statistics and research methods
  • Analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders

In psychology programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Comparative psychology
  • Community psychology
  • Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics
  • Developmental and child psychology
  • Geropsychology
  • Experimental psychology
  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Personality psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Health/medical psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Forensic psychology

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in psychology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in psychology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.