Psychology as a branch of science has emerged as an important career choice available to youngsters. Psychology basically tries to explore the mental behavior and its a study of human mind. This subject covers the entire spectrum of human actions and reactions,thoughts and feelings, emotions and sentiments. It explores in-depth interaction between and interpersonal relationships that affects the home, the community, the society and ultimately the human civilization in its total perspective.
Psychologists analyze different intentions, reactions and feelings of the mankind. Their cure and guidance is aimed at altering the behavioral patterns of the patients to initiate re-adjustment of their thought process which in turn, improves the overall quality of their lives. To pursue the career of a psychologist, one should have a genuine will to help other human beings.
Psychology as a subject is offered at Plus Two level with a combination of social sciences and statistics. At the graduate level, one can study psychology as an Honors subject in most universities. After graduation, one can opt for an MA or MSc in Psychology, Social work or Counseling. Specializations in the subject can be pursued at the post graduate level or at the doctoral level- M.Phil or Ph.D.
Psychologists need not to have a medical degree, but they have to study several years to specialize in different aspects of psychology. One can pursue Psychology at the plus two level, graduate, post graduate and doctorate level. There are specializations in many fields of psychology such as social psychology, child psychology, occupational psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology and experimental psychology.
Study of psychology includes a diverse range of activities such as the processes of thinking, learning and perceiving, remembering, forgetting, physiology of the nervous system, development of children, social relationships and their effect on personality development, mental disorders, applications of psychology to the study of society, industry as well as education.
If you want to take up psychology as a career, a major prerequisite is the inborn and authentic desire to lend a helping hand to the needy human beings and an understanding of human beings. Opportunities are abound for graduates in workplaces that range from hospitals and courthouses to schools and corporate firms.
Psychology is a highly rewarding and lucrative field of study. Professional psychologists who have M.Phil and PhD degree can earn quite handsomely. Those engaged in private practice have even more scope for earnings. The scope for psychology has widened, since it is now mandatory for schools and colleges to employ counselors. There are various domains of psychology one can specialize in, namely, social psychology, abnormal psychology, behavior and organizational psychology, counseling psychology, rehabilitative or health and medical psychology.
Students also choose to further study social work and work for social welfare organizations. They can further specialize in women and child welfare, criminal psychology or educational psychology and can get employed in family courts, non-governmental organizations and other organizations. Students doing specialization in forensic psychology can also get hired by police and insurance companies.
1. Indraprastha College for Women
University of Delhi
31, Sham Nath Marg
University Road, New Delhi -110007
Contact: 011-23954085/ 2396200
2. University of Rajasthan
Jaipur, Rajasthan- 302004
3. Loyola College
Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-600034
4. Jamia Millia University
Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025
Contact: 011-26984650/ 26985180
5. University of Mumbai
M.G. Road, Fort
Mumbai, Maharashtra- 400032
Contact: 022– 2652825
6. University of Calcutta
87 /1 College Street
Kolkata, West Bengal- 700073
7. Daulat Ram College
4, Patel Marg, Maurice Nagar
Contact: 011-27667863/ 27667650
8. Guru Nanak Dev University
Note: This information is being summarised from the information provided by institutes offering those courses.