Communications / Psych Programs

Psycho-therapists are required to hold degrees in psychology, which train students to assess human motivation, behavior and the structure of cognitive function. Students may also learn about mood disorders and mental health issues. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), undergraduate psychology curricula teach students about theoretical perspectives in the field and research methods. They may learn how to apply principles from psychology to problems in society at large. They also develop their critical thinking and communication skills. These students may pursue a bachelor's of science in psychology, which focuses on research and statistical analysis, or a bachelor's of arts, which focuses largely on counseling. The bachelor's degree in psychology can prime students for a number of communications-related careers. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), psychology students who want to teach at the collegiate level or conduct research need a master's in psychology. Moreover, individuals who want to be practicing clinicians and research psychologists need both a master's and a doctorate in psychology. Research psychologists investigate the emotional and social aspects of human behavior through case studies, lab research and sociological assessment. Clinicians may work in hospitals and private clinics, the BLS adds.