Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior. It seeks to understand and explain normal and abnormal behavior, mental ability, perception, development, and individual differences. Because it considers the mental, attitudinal, motivational, and behavioral characteristics of individuals, psychology has many subdivisions and areas of specialization and is a more complex field than many realize. Among the major sub-branches within psychology are behavioral neuroscience, cognitive, clinical, educational, forensic, school, social, developmental, and organizational psychology, as well as psychometrics and statistics.
Rutgers offers a broad selection of courses and opportunities for research, internships and fieldwork. There are more than 30 advanced elective courses, including specialty seminars, covering virtually every area of psychology. Although all students earn the same degree, Rutgers students have a wide range of career and graduate school plans. If you know which specific area of psychology interests you, you may wish to choose your minor and/or your electives to build a knowledge base of that area.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick was ranked by USA Today as one of the 10 best U.S. colleges for a major in psychology.
- Behavioral Systems and Neuroscience
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Development Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Social Psychology