A Psychology Degree Provides Many Opportunities

Psychology, Courtney RobertsonIf you want to major in something that will open up many doors in terms of career options, then a major in Psychology might be the right path for you. While certain majors and concentrations, such as accounting or education, may lead you to one specific career field, a psychology major will provide you with the tools to be successful both in the working world and in post graduate studies.

While in the Bluefield College Psychology program, you will be studying under well-trained faculty, both of whom hold their terminal degrees. While taking psychology classes with these professors, you will get to explore various areas of the field, such as: the psychology of religion, the psychology of leadership, advanced research methods (where students conduct and present original research), positive psychology, multicultural counseling, and cognitive psychology. These are just a few of the courses that you will have the opportunity to take that will expand your horizons and prepare you to find your vocation and make a difference in the world.

In addition to the academic excellence you will find at Bluefield College, the personal care and attention you will receive from your professors is something that you will not find at many other places. Whether it is being a Board Certified Chaplain or serving as a pastor at a local church, the faculty in the Psychology Department at Bluefield College are truly committed to their faith and integrating it into the classroom.

To get a real understanding of what a Bluefield Psychology student experiences, take a look at some comments from a 2012 graduate in the program:

Courtney Robertson
Class of 2012

“The three and a half years I spent at Bluefield College were some of the most memorable and also the most challenging years. I was pushed to excel and taught to not settle for anything less than my absolute best. My professors cared about me academically but also outside of class and taught me to grow not only academically, but spiritually and emotionally.

I learned to view life outside of the box and received hands-on experience through research projects and internships that gave me an upfront view of the workforce and areas I was interested in making my career. I made lifelong friendships in those few years, I matured academically, but most importantly I grew spiritually.

The Psychology Department at Bluefield kept me focused and encouraged me to keep reaching for my goals. I distinctly remember one assignment to formulate a mission statement for our lives, or what we wanted to accomplish moving forward. For me, it is still vivid in my mind like I just wrote it yesterday. It is still a driving part in my spiritual, academic, professional, and personal life. "Above all, I will translate my caring spirit as I seek to provide psychosocial interventions to patients and families as I long to draw others to the Kingdom of God." I want that to be my legacy.

I am grateful for the time taken to not just teach me material from a textbook, but to make the material come to life, where I not just memorized material for a test, but made it part of my life and future studies. I am confident that the reason I passed my Child Life Certification examination was not from hours of cramming right before, but from the years spent at Bluefield learning concept after concept and learning how to apply them to situations. The hands-on experience and the opportunity to actually get to work with my professors on projects and through internships, gave me a passion for learning; a passion that hasn't stopped burning yet.

I am excited about the future. Nervous about managing the time I work in the Emergency Department at our local hospital, the time spent working with a local Hospice organization, and the time I spend on my academic studies. Though nervous, I know that God has big plans for my life. Every step thus far has been one that has molded me into the person I am becoming. I am proud to be a graduate of Bluefield College. I left Bluefield with not just a diploma, friendships, or knowledge; but with the keys to unlock a future of unlimited possibilities.”

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