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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.

    • Hamilton College

      Hamilton College Save

      198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323
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      High on a hill in upstate New York, and thus not technically in New England, Hamilton is nevertheless a charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. It is named for Alexander Hamilton, who lent his name to ... learn more

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

      Wellesley College Save

      106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481
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      Inclined to send out posters featuring flowering trees and shrubs in front of elegant architecture, Wellesley is much more than beautiful, given its intellectual heritage. Alumna Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 turned in one draft as the college's first student commencement ... learn more

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

      Carnegie Mellon University Save

      5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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      "School, friends, food, sleep: Choose three. That's Carnegie Mellon," according to the "incredibly intelligent engineer types" and "flamboyant drama majors" at this "rigorous" school. Excellent programs include engineering, computer science, business, architecture, and a well-respected School of Drama with several ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Claremont McKenna College

      Claremont McKenna College Save

      500 E 9th St, Claremont, CA 91711
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      "If I had a personal talk with God about creating a great school, He would create CMC," says an obviously satisfied student at truly exceptional Claremont McKenna College in sunny Claremont, California. CMC - one of the five "Claremont Colleges" ... learn more

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

      Boston College Save

      140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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      A Jesuit institution on the far end of the mass transit "T" serving the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is more university than college. Its enrollment, graduate programs, and commitment to Division I sports—including a colossal football stadium ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Tulane University of Louisiana

      Tulane University of Louisiana Save

      6823 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
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      Laissez les bon temps roulez, "Let the good times roll," is the motto of New Orleans, but Tulane offers more than Mardi Gras. Located across the St. Charles streetcar tracks from Audubon Park, the campus is expansive and, by virtue ... learn more

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

      Wesleyan University Save

      70 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06459
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      With Amherst and Williams a member of the so-called Little Three, Wesleyan technically qualifies as a university due to a small graduate program. Everything else about it speaks of a liberal arts college. Especially dedicated to diversity, Wesleyan students commonly ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • College of William and Mary

      College of William and Mary Save

      200 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23187
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      Before Mr. Jefferson could found a college, he had to attend one: William & Mary. Located in the living museum of Williamsburg, with its recreation of colonial life featuring actors in period costume and speech, William & Mary puts less ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Vassar College

      Vassar College Save

      124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
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      "There are no core requirements at Vassar College, a small liberal arts school not terribly far from New York City, and first-year student's courseload can range from ancient Chinese philosophy to a "techno-lit English class" using the Internet. Over four ... learn more

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

      Wake Forest University Save

      1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106
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      "Classes at Wake Forest University are "challenging and usually interesting," and a solid, broad-based core curriculum obligates all students to pursue a well-rounded academic program. "Work Forest," as students often call it, has a "very tough grading system" and savage ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Save

      153 A Country Club Road, Campus Box 2200, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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      With a beautiful campus in a lovely college town, UNC Chapel Hill may be forgiven—by all but Duke and Virginia fans—for the rhetorical question, "If God isn't a Tarheel fan, why did He make the sky Carolina blue?" The alma ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of California-San Diego

      University of California-San Diego Save

      9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
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      The San Diego campus of the University of California is actually located in the quaint community of La Jolla. UCSD offers a solid liberal arts and science education, and its engineering and science programs are rated particularly high. For fun, ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University

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