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    Curious about the inner workings of the mind, and want to help people deal with mental disorders? You may find this social science to be a satisfying career path. Psychologists diagnose and evaluate mental and emotional disorders. They study human behavior by observing, interpreting and recording how people interact with one another and their environments. Those observations help solve everyday problems.

    The coursework prepares you to be a counselor, a school psychologist, industrial-organizational psychologist, researcher, and developmental or social psychologist. Work settings are varied too: you can work independently (either in research or with patients), as part of a healthcare team, such as physicians and social workers, in research centers, and in schools or offices, It’s usually a 9-5 job, but if you’re in private practice, you may work some nights and weekends.

    Psychologists need a doctorate or specialist degree in psychology, but a master’s degree may be enough for some positions. A license or certification is also required. Courses are usually lectures and seminars on topics such as perception and sensation, cognitive psychology, social psychology, personality, statistics, and neuroscience.

    Actress Natalie Portman, and political satirist Jon Stewart both earned B.A. in psychology.

    • Northwestern University

      Northwestern University Save

      633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
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      Just north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan—in fact built in part on land reclaimed from the water—Northwestern is to the Big 10 what Vanderbilt is to the SEC: the private university for the best students in the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Rice University

      Rice University Save

      6100 S Main, Houston, TX 77005
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      Rice's superb academics on an attractive residential campus on the edge of sprawling Houston can make those who still put gasoline in cars feel better about oil company profits, as some of that cash is going into a large endowment. ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Duke University

      Duke University Save

      103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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      Duke is to the East Coast what Stanford is to the West: an elite academic institution that somehow also competes at the highest level in athletics. Stanford certainly has the edge in Olympic athletes, but Duke has Coach K, a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Harvey Mudd College

      Harvey Mudd College Save

      301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
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      With such a name and a founding mission to integrate math, science and engineering with the open-ended inquiry valued in a liberal arts education, Harvey Mudd College is indeed unique. Situated a short skateboard ride from Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Cornell University

      Cornell University Save

      300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
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      Cornell University, a private, land-grant research university in the Ivy League, is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It boasts seven undergraduate colleges (not to mention campuses in New York City and Qatar and facilities in New ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Swarthmore College

      Swarthmore College Save

      500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
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      Quaker in heritage, suburban in setting, and serious about ideas, Swarthmore is a great liberal arts college for those truly interested in the life of the mind—engineers included. A 425-acre independently run arboretum frames the lovely campus, and white Adirondack ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Bowdoin College

      Bowdoin College Save

      5700 College Station - President's Office, Brunswick, ME 04011
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      The original SAT-optional college since 1969, Bowdoin has a proud Maine heritage that includes Gettysburg hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who saved the Union line with a textbook maneuver after his troops ran out of ammunition, and one mid-19th century class ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Amherst College

      Amherst College Save

      Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002
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      Amherst is to Williams as Yale is to Harvard—founded by those who felt the original college had lost its way. Ever since the so-called "Defectors of 1821" took books from the Williams library and moved east from the Berkshires into ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Williams College

      Williams College Save

      880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
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      Since 1793, Williams has been a superb liberal arts college with a particularly strong program in fine arts that somehow all but retired the Sears Cup, given annually to the most successful Division III athletic program in the nation. Rural ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Tufts University

      Tufts University Save

      Medford, MA 02155
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      The largest in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and more small university than true liberal arts college, Tufts is on a hill in sight of nearby Boston. Given the Fletcher (Graduate) School of Diplomacy, there is a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Georgetown University

      Georgetown University Save

      37th and O St NW, Washington, DC 20057
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      Founded in 1789, and set above the Potomac in an historic neighborhood of Washington, DC, Georgetown is the first Jesuit institution in North America. Signer of the Declaration of Independence John Carroll sits in front of Healy Hall, behind which ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Notre Dame

      University of Notre Dame Save

      400 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556
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      Catholic priests were on their way to found a college in California when they came upon a lake in Indiana, prayed, and decided Notre Dame had her home. Its Golden Dome has been famous since Knute Rockne's football triumphs of ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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