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Psychology-Language Science

If you want to travel, you´ll usually need good foreign language skills related to the area you wish to work in. For example, if you plan to work in South America, good Spanish is essential, but excellent Spanish will allow you to get on with your work so much more easily. More challenging languages like Arabic can make the competitive NGO/humanitarian job market so much easier to get into. If you learn multiple languages, you´ll be even more flexible and employable.

Students electing the program at Penn State through the Department of Psychology will earn a degree with a dual-title at the PhD level in Psychology and in Language Science. They will have the skills and knowledge to bring the methods and theories of linguistics, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience to bear on central issues in the field of psychology on graduation.

This interdisciplinary field draws on linguistics, psychology, communication sciences and disorders, and cognitive neuroscience, among other disciplines, to address both basic and applied research questions in such areas as first and second language acquisition, developmental and acquired language disorders, literacy, and language pedagogy.

Dual-title degree students will receive interdisciplinary training, enabling them to communicate and collaborate productively with a wide range of colleagues across traditionally distinct disciplinary boundaries.

This training will open up new employment opportunities for students and give them the tools to foster a thriving interdisciplinary culture in their future careers.

Sample of My Work for a Dual Doctoral Degree: Psychology and Social Work

Dual PHD Program Admission: Psychology & Social Work

New Age literature and Counseling Psychology

The last decade has seen a huge rise in the popularity New Age philosophies and practices in the West. There are 20 million yoga practitioners in the US alone. Meditation is becoming mainstream. Astrology, tarot, mediumship, spiritual retreats and many other New Age practices are now becoming more widely accepted, and so is related literature, whether online or offline.

The jump between New Age literature and counselling psychology has never been a great one, but many books that combine the two are now available, such as “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo, which is a bestselling Zen Philosophy book on de-cluttering the home, and “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, which was originally published in 1997, but has seen recently become very popular again. It deals with how to design a personal code of conduct for a meaningful life, and sits in the spirituality and personal transformation section.

Psychology and Women´s Studies

Women´s Studies and psychology can also lead you into the developing world, if you allow it.

However, programs are a little thin on the ground. Penn State Psychology, for example, is one of only two graduate programs in the U.S. to offer a dual degree Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Psychology.

Students in the dual-title degree program will receive the M.S. and/or Ph.D. in “Women’s Studies and Psychology” on program completion at Penn State.

The Psychology requirements are no different than those for students seeking the Psychology degree alone—the difference with the dual-degree is that students must also take Women’s Studies required and approved classes.

After a student is admitted to Psychology, she or he may apply to Women’s Studies for admission to the dual-degree program. Women’s Studies has to determine whether to admit the student.

The Humanitarian Side of Dual Degrees

There are a number of dual degree programs you can study on. They can lead you down a more humanitarian path, increase your humanitarian job options and certainly make your studies more eclectic and interesting. And, it´s possible to get two full graduate degrees or a joint degree in two different areas without doubling the cost of getting a master´s (or a Ph.D)! So for this discussion, we´re going to include both joint and dual degrees.

Here are a few to think about if you´re thinking about going into the humanitarian field.


Combining law and psychology could be a great way to move into advocacy field, or would in immigration. Here are the details regarding a common program to give you an idea of how your studies might pan out.

Program Requirements

At the Nebraska College of Law, each student’s study and research plan is individual. The courses taken and research topics examined may change over the course of a student’s studies.

Students are expected to manage their studies and the goals of three different programs: 1) the Law-Psychology Program, 2) the student’s Core Discipline program, and 3) the Law College.

The requirements listed here are for the Law-Psychology Program. While they overlap substantially with the requirements of the Core Discipline program, they are not intended to replace them.

Ultimately, a student’s doctoral supervisory committee (normally appointed near the end of the master’s equivalency research project) determines what coursework requirements must be met by the student in order for them to complete the Program.

The Law and Psychology Program is a research-focused program. Students in all tracks must be involved in ongoing research from the time that they enter the program until the time that they finish their dissertations. Students may be involved in their mentor’s research, first year projects, master’s equivalency research, projects with other faculty members, projects with other students, or dissertation work. Students report on their research ideas, problems, and completed projects in the program biweekly brownbag meetings. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory for all students unless there is a course conflict or other professional conflict that cannot be overcome. Please consult the program director for more information on declaring conflicts unresolvable.

Most Psychology Department and Law College courses are available to students in all program tracks: however, there are exceptions; certain clinical psychology courses are open to clinical students only. Some Law College courses are open to J.D. students only.