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My research topic is; what career options are available with a college degree in psychology?

My topic is relevant for those who have either acquired a college degree in psychology or those who are thinking about majoring in psychology. More specifically my question is geared to those who have had serious considerations in the field of psychology and understand basic terms.

Incredibly the DePaul library had tons of books focusing on this exact question! While the amount of information I found was more than I could have possibly asked for; it was also overwhelming to see that it took each book about 300 pages to answer a question that I thought was pretty simple. With this in mind I decided to narrow my question or at least my research in a specific direction. Lunsford’s narrowing steps will come in handy when I have a clear direction for my research paper.

Vannost, Sarah. Personal interview. 22 April. 2010.

Sarah, my academic advisor at DePaul, stresses the importance of finding a direction in the field of psychology. The two main directions being the pre-med track, needed to become a psychiatrist, and the counseling or therapy areas that have more flexibility in the classes you take. To become a psychologist only four years of college are needed, therefore making this track the more desirable route for many students. Since I showed interest in the pre-med track Sarah questioned my ability in the science field. Together we decided that exploring my strengths and weaknesses in this field would be important before I declare the route I would like to take.

Morgan, Betsy, and Ann Korschgen. Majoring in Psych?. New York: Pearson Education, Inc., 2006.

This book begins to answer your questions by getting into your head. All of the chapter titles are stated as questions that the chapter then tackles. The break down of the book and its chapters makes it easy to approach all of my curiosities. I believe that chapter three titled: What Careers are Available? Will be of aid to my research paper.

Morgan, Robert, Tara Kuther, and Corey Habben. Life After Graduate School in Psychology. New York: Taylor & Francis Group, 2005.

The approach of this book is to get direct advice from working psychologists. Although I am excited to gain tips from this book it is directed only to those that are not intending to take the pre-med route with their psychology career. This book will come in great use when discovering potential career options and for using indirect sources from interviews and conversations.

What career options are available with a college degree in psychology?

Some scholars believe that Corot’s Interrupted Reading displays mancholic moods. They explain that this painting was a part of a series of paintings of individual women “works that are introspective in feeling, bold, and decidedly modern in their broad handling of paint.” Interrupted Reading, a painting created in 1870 by Corot, can be interpreted in many ways when considering background information about Corot and the history of the 1870’s: or what the art institute considered to be the popular romantic scene of the time. Through my research I found that most tertiary sources simply gave an overview of Corots life and gave very little if any analysis of the painting itself, which gave me an opportunity to make my own judgment. My interpretation of the painting is a combination of the title, the painting and the ideas of others. I believe the meaning is simple, much like the title. The painting captures that moment when you have something very important on your mind and it interferes with your normal daily activities. I agree partially with the art institute when they explain that this depressing look was attractive in the 1870’s because there must have been a reason that Corot was motivated to paint the picture. Another thing that drew my attention was the colors in the picture. Only the table and the book red the rest of the picture has a boring grey color scheme. I believe Corot did this to show the way the lady was so dazed she just faded into the background, she looks lifeless and boring.

1. Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille. (2008). In The Columbia Encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com.ezproxy1.lib.depaul.edu/entry

This article claims that Corot was one of the most influential painters of his time. The author describes Corot’s life journey through many countries and how different places influenced his paintings. The article describes the different places Corot composed his paintings in, in order to illustrate how important the role of nature was to his work. The article gives a brief helpful summary of Corot’s life and paintings and was aimed for anyone interested in understanding the meaning behind Corot’s works.

2. Ross, Fred. Art Renewwal Center. 2/4/2010 <http://hoocher.com/Jean_Baptiste_Camille_Corot/Jean_Baptiste_Camille_Corot.htm&gt;.

This article declares that the work of Corot was once seen as unconventional but has revolutionized other artwork over time. The author gives examples of certain techniques and materials that were unique to Corot’s style during the 19th century. The author adds the thought of other critics to further demonstrate the importance of Corot’s one of a kind style. This article was written to encourage individualism in aspiring artists.

3. Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille (1796-1875).” The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide. Abington: Helicon, 2009. Credo Reference. Web. 02 April 2010.

This article suggests that Corot’s compositions can be divided into three categories: landscape, religious, or romanticized paintings of women. The author compares the colors used in the three different styles to demonstrate the differences. He explains the different colors Corot used such as a palette of browns, ochres, and greens used in the landscape style; in order to explain the important role that context played in the different aspects of Corot’s paintings. The description of technique this article offers was aimed to influence other artists.

Thug Life

Tertiary sources:
http://classweb.gmu.edu/ajryan/pac_right.pdf (1)
Vibe Online. “Inside the Mind of Shakur” Editors of Vibe 97-102.
Secondary source:
http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/tupacshakur/biography

Tupac’s messages, beliefs and personality are best portrayed through his lyrics which is partly why I added the video “Changes” to my blog. I also included the video because about 1:09 into the video is a short clip of Tupac Shakur being interviewed and explaining his philosophy behind the acronym THUG LIFE that was created by him. “…live my life is to be responsible for what I do, I don’t know how to be responsible for what every black male does. Yes I am gonna say that I’m a thug. That’s because I came from the gutter and I’m still here.” The meaning of Thug Life is commonly misinterpreted to represent the life of a gangster or a criminal, which was not Tupac’s original intention. Tupac  made the acronym THUG LIFE (“The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everyone”) to make the public aware of things that were specifically effecting the lives of young black males.  In many of his songs such as his track “Panther Power” he sends out messages to the public indicating that the government is corrupt and racist to the black population.
As real as it seems the American dream / Ain’t nothing but a calculated scheme /
To keep us locked up shot up and back in chains / To deny us our future to rob
our name / Kept our history a mystery, but now I see / The American dream
wasn’t meant for me
In an interview he mentions that his rhymes are for thugs and gangstas — not killers and rapists. He continues, “When I say thugs, I mean niggas who don’t have anything they dressed liked the killers and the thugs but they have that talent, have that spark, whatever it is that can get them out, these are thugs” (1)
To Tupac, thug life is when you have nothing “came from the gutter” and you still find a way to overcome life’s obstacles and succeed.

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