*Psychology Subject Guide

What is Psychology?

"Psychology is commonly defined as the scientific study of behaviour and cognitive processes (or mind or experience)" (Gross, 2020, p. 38).
Gross, R. (2020). Psychology: The science of mind and behaviour. (8th ed., p. 38). Hodder Education Group.


What do Psychologists Do?

Psychologists may work in academia, clinical and counseling psychology, and specialized settings like in media or forensics. "The opportunities are diverse, challenging, and fun... They are also flexible: People can switch, often fairly easily and with a minimum amount of adjustment, from one career within psychology to another" (Sternberg, 2017, p. 3).

Sternberg, R.J. (2017). Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You. (3rd ed., p. 3). American Psychological Association.

How to Become a Psychologist


For more information about study and programs in psychology at Georgia State University, see: