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Psychology Popular Among College Students
Date:1/8/2010

NEWBURGH, N.Y., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I hope I will be able to touch the lives of people when they most need help and to offer them advice and guidance."

So said Kyle Meditz of Sound Beach.

Meditz, a sophomore at Mount Saint Mary College, is one of the many students who have made psychology the third most popular major at college, behind nursing and business. The Mount also has many students who pursue careers in education, taking a variety of majors.

When you talk with students and graduates, you learn that the interest in studying psychology at the Mount stems from a desire to help people and the personal rapport that the professors develop with their students.

"I have a lot of interest in forensic psychology," Meditz said. "My mother is an advocate in the court system and counsels her clients in personal and judicial matters. I've always admired my mother's work and as I got older, I began to realize the impact psychology had in helping people in difficult situations."

"Everyone is fascinated with psychology: Why do people do the things they do?" said Paul Schwartz, professor of psychology. "At the Mount psychology has a strong foundation in research. We hold conferences for students to learn from experts in the field and we've created centers to study adolescence and aging."

The study of psychology helps students establish careers in many areas including counseling, social work, education, the health professions and police work.

"We prepare our students for graduate school and careers," said Lawrence T. Force, professor of psychology and director of the Mount's Center for Aging and Policy. "Our research centers cover the lifespan and our practice-based internships provide students with real-life experience."

Amanda Lasher of Kingston, a senior psychology major from Kingston and president of the Psychology Club, went into psychology after facing so
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