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“I want to be a Psychologist because …”

“When I think of myself, I want to make a difference in the field, be beneficial for people. I love people and I want to help them. I want to increase the communication between people so they can be healthier. Psychology was the department I wanted the most and it's where I see myself at. Regardless of how much I am dreaming about doing my Master's and opening my own clinic, I have always wanted to walk around inside a hospital with a white coat on. Of course, this is not a sufficient reason. I don't want to attend to the everyday hassles of life, but rather I want to touch people's hearts, go deep inside, and help them generate solutions to their problems. ”

Educational Content:

While the science of psychology examines the influences of the environment on people, on the other hand, it deals with the interactions between people's mind, behaviors, emotions, and thoughts. Psychology is not just a science that only examines and analyzes people's mood. On the contrary, psychology is a scientific field that moves together with many disciplines, conducts scientific projects with these disciplines, and creates mutual shareholders that are interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature.

Today, there are a variety of psychology programs with different foci and offer their educational foundation according to these modalities. The core courses in the psychology curriculum have been organized according the current higher education laws, by-laws, and regulations; Psychology Degree Accreditation standards and criteria that have been forseen as per the Bolgona Process.

Psychology has many branches like developmental psychology, experimental pscyhology, social psychology, clinical psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, health psychology, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, sports psychology, traffic psychology, and political psychology.

Before entering the applied fields of psychology, one receiving education in the science of psychology must establish a detailed acquisition of knowledge regarding the foundations of psychology in addition to having strong knowledge in research and statistics. After completing the basic four year bachelor's education in psychology, you can become an expert in a field of interest or field you believe you will be successful in by completing a Master's degree. For some, becoming a clinician may be enticing and sufficient; however, for others, after completing their Master's and PhD, becoming a researcher or academician may be equally satisfying.

The knowledge, information, methodology and techniques related to psychology are becoming increasingly used in all sectors of everyday life. The mission of the Psychology Department is to furnish the students with the necessary information and skills for pinpointing societal problems, formulate creative solutions, and devise the necessary applications for solving problems. Students are specifically encouraged to use their acquired knowledge base and practical skills to understand and control themselves, critique themselves, preserve their mental health and be aware of any approaching problems, be tolerant to individual differences, use empathy, understanding and form healthy and constructive relations with the others.


What are the career opportunities?

Psychology graduates can work as psychologists in all areas that interact with people such as clinics, hospitals, educational institutions, and in administrative positions in housing and day-care centers or nursing homes. Graduates can become psychologists, researchers, guidance teachers, management psychologists, or work in forensic institutions, family courts, criminal courts, psycho-evaluation centers, corporations, and human resources departments. Also, they can seek out careers in public relations or management units, public organizations, advertising companies, copywriting departments and/or work as private consultants. Graduates who are interested in becoming researchers, teaching assistants and work in academia can pursue their Master's degree and/or Ph.D. Finally, they then can set up their own consulting and training companies or offer a variety of services to businesses such as personnel selection and training.

The Department of Psychology in Brief

The goal of the Psychology Department is to teach students about human behavior, help them acquire modern psychological information, help them understand the underlying reasons of emerging process involved with consciousness, and to increase available information via research. One of the main aims of the department is to train qualified staff equipped with the skills allowing them to work in institutional and in the various applied fields in psychology. 

Research and Practice

In the CIU psychology lab, research topics such as the study of memory, executive functions, cognitive development and neuropsychological assessment are of priority. Studies carried out in the lab are done so with students assigned to projects and are supervised by the department's experienced academics. Also, students are encouraged and welcome to develop and carry out research projects in their field of interest, which are supervised by academics in the department.


It is a great pleasure to teach the basic knowledge and and information as well as ethical applications to our students who will become our colleagues once they graduate. When taking the popularity of our field into consideration, being able to contribute to the development and shaping of future psychologists who are well equipped with a solid foundation, who inquire, who research, who are reunited with society to give back to society, and who will contribute to making a positive difference is an investment that is priceless. When all of these factors come together and in accordance with the mission and vision of the Psychology Department at CIU, I believe that in addition to providing our students with a scientific, multidisciplinary and extensive educational program our graduates will make a difference in our country and the world by being qualified psychologists who move in the light of science, help solve societal and individual problems, and who are able to use the knowledge and skills they acquired throughout their academic journey they once started with great enthusiasm.
Assist. Prof. Dr. N. Linda FRAIM - TOP, Head of Department
One of the primary reasons for choosing CIU was because the language of education was English. Of course being interested in psychology was also important but the idea of being trained as a psychologist by a strong and internationally recognized faculty and the fact that many different cultures existed on campus was very enticing. In addition to this, I will have the chance to develop my academic background, make friends from different cultures, and learn the langauges that I am interested in. If you were to ask me why I chose psychology, my answer would be first to develop myself and secondly, because I believe that I will contribute to the field of psychology with the studies I am interested in carrying out.
Okan DEMIR, Department of Psychology, SophomoreStudent)
My exam scores were enough for a university in Istanbul. I did not want to study in a crowded city like Istanbul. As an alternative school, I trusted my instincts and chose CIU. For me, CIU is more peaceful, more safe, more decent, and higher in quality. Also, in addition to the educational quality and standards that are offered to students, the opportunities for research, socialization, and cultural exchange were among the reasons why I chose CIU.
Emel BÜTE, Department of Psychology, Sophomore