Academic Programs • Psychology

Why Study Psychology?

psychA student seeking an Associate’s Degree is required to take at least 3 hours in a Social and Behavioral Science. Psychology fulfills that requirement. However, it is also an important college course for life skills of understanding your own behavior and that of those around you.

Psychology is essential in helping to describe and explain behavior. Often correct explanations will help to predict and possible modify future behavior (such as avoiding bad choices or guiding children as they develop).

The psychology program at Midland College includes an introduction to the field as well as several more specific courses dealing with child and lifespan development, social interactions with others, and human sexuality. These courses are designed to help the student find practical application of psychological principles to their own daily lives.

If you are interested in the human mind and behavior and want to use science to solve problems, a degree in psychology is a good option. It can open the door to more education and many career opportunities. It should give you skills in critical thinking, communication, social responsibility, and also empirical and quantitative skills.

Careers in psychology:
Bachelor’s degree - 4 yr. degree
Master’s degree – 2 yr. degree after Bachelor’s degree
Doctoral degree – 5-7 yr. degree after Bachelor’s degree

Business – usually a Bachelor’s degree
Psychological testing for job candidates, employee assistance services, human resources.
I ndustrial and organizational psychology to increase productivity, test products and to identify best fit of employees for particular jobs and tasks within an organization.
Training, marketing and sales.

Education – usually a Master’s degree
Assess students’ abilities.
Develop curriculum and guide program evaluation.
Consult with teachers on the learning and behavior needs of students and develop educational environments to meet those needs.
Support effective partnerships between parents and educators or other caretakers.
Become administrators and guidance counselors, depending on the requirements of a school district.

Health – Master’s degree or Ph.D. required
Clinical psychologists and health psychologists work on integrated health care teams providing what has become known as patient-centered or whole-person health care.
Provide direct services to people, they also conduct research to see how health and illness are affected by biology, relationships, behavior and other factors.

Environment – usually a Bachelor’s degree
Working on how human behavior impacts climate and environmental issues
Contribute to the fields of urban planning, environmental design and environmental health.

Performance Psychology – Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Work with athletes at all levels of amateur and professional play in areas related to motivation, Injury and rehabilitation, athlete counseling, talent evaluations, adherence to training regimens, athlete self-perceptions and youth athletics.
Work with other professionals whose jobs demand a high level of performance — from corporate CEOs to artistic performers.

Public Safety – Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Criminal profiling in forensic and public service psychology.
Child safety and custody, insurance, trial competence.
Trauma counseling, working with the military and emergency psychological services.

Famous people who majored in psychology in college

Natalie Portman – Academy Award-winning actress
Jerry Bruckheimer – Television and film producer
Wes Craven – writer and director
Gloria Estefan – Cuban American singer, a seven-time Grammy winner
Irene Rosenfeld – CEO of Kraft Foods, businessperson
Jonathan Kellerman – psychologist, author, novelist
Jon Stewart, comedian, political satirist, and host of The Daily Show
Dr. Phil – American television personality and author
Selma Blair – American film, television, & theater actress
James Dimon – CEO of JPMorgan Chase, businessperson, banker
Chesley Sullenberger – American airline pilot who successfully landed on the Hudson River
Natalie Coughlin – American competitive swimmer & winner of 12 Olympic medals
Yanni – Greek-American composer
Dr. Steve Thomas – President of Midland College

For more information, contact:

Michael Makowsky
Social & Behavioral Science Program Chair
(432) 685-6828
mmakowsky@midland.edu 

David Edens
Psychology & Sociology faculty
(432) 685-6814
dedens@midland.edu 

Dr. Donna Thompson
Psychology faculty
(432) 685-6827
dthompson@midland.edu 

Dr. Andrea Zabel
Psychology faculty
(432) 685-6826
azabel@midland.edu