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Concentrations in Psychology
Students majoring in psychology have an opportunity to elect intensive study in one of the concentrations described below. A concentration is like a minor, only within psychology, and it is not required. Each concentration provides supervised field experience. For the Applied Clinical Science concentration, students engage in fieldwork for a minimum of 120 hours/semester throughout their junior or senior year. These students meet with the concentration director and select an internship site during the Spring prior to their placement. For the concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, internships are arranged individually.
Applied Clinical Science Concentration
Students may elect to enroll in the Applied Clinical Science concentration within the general psychology major. This concentration prepares students for careers in counseling or related areas with children, adolescents, or adults with psychological disorders and also provides the basis for graduate work in fields such as counseling, clinical psychology, social work, and school psychology.
The Applied Clinical Science program emphasizes:
- Mental health fields as possible careers
- Conceptions of mental illness and therapeutic methods.
Applied clinical science students fulfill all University and psychology major requirements as specified in relevant sections of the course catalog. They must also fulfill the following special requirements: PS 272 Abnormal Psychology, PS 371 Clinical Psychology, PS 391 Applied Clinical Science Seminar and PS 393 and PS 394 Field Work in Applied Clinical Science.
Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Concentration
Students may elect to enroll in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology (I-O) program within the general psychology major. The program exposes students to career possibilities in I-O psychology areas and provides the basis for further study in fields such as I-O Psychology, Human Resources, and Management/Organizational Behavior.
The I-O Psychology program emphasizes:
- The traditional research and practice of industrial-organizational psychology.
- Using psychological principles to study and improve working conditions.
- Mindfulness of the changing nature of work and the ability of the field to make innovations to match such changes.
I-O psychology students fulfill all Quinnipiac and psychology major requirements as specified in relevant sections of this catalog. I-O psychology students must complete the following:
- PS 265 – Industrial-Organizational Psychology,
- One (1) advanced I-O elective from the the following list of courses:
- PS 366 – Advanced Personnel Psychology, or
- PS 367 – Advanced Organizational Psychology, or
- PS 368 – Occupational Health Psychology; and,
- Students are required to complete an internship in I-O and enroll in the Fieldwork in I-O Psychology course (PS 397).