Samreen Saghir

Can I do psychology by taking arts as my stream nd are there many kind of psychology if yes what are they or else can I do clinical psychology bcom BA MA

I am in high school nd I have to select my stream nd i want to take arts please help me can i do psychology clinical psychology bcom ba or ma

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RE: Can I do psychology by taking arts as my stream nd are there many kind of psychology if yes what are they or else can I do clinical psychology bcom BA MA

Adhunika Naithani
Adhunika Naithani
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Hey Dear,

Yes you can take up Arts Stream in your 11th and 12th class and pursue Psychology as majors in your graduation.
You will do your Bachelors in Psychology and Science is really not a compulsory stream to have after your 10th to take up Psychology in your graduation.

Many people think that you should have Psychology as a subject in your 12th class and only then you will be able to take it up in your graduation and to be true even that is completely a false belief. You can do Psychology Honours even without having studies it before. So that is a benefit that students get who have really not studied the subject before and would want to study it can opt it as well.

Yes you are true that there are many kinds of Psychology or one can go for many specializations like Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology or Industrial Psychology, Child Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Environmental Psychology, etc..... and there are many more such fields that one can go for in Psychology.

Each field offer something different and unique that one can go for or pursue. No doubt that each field is different but there is a common thread of Psychology that binds every filed together.

One can pursue anyone of them and go for a specialization that you think you will be good in or will flourish in.

Initially in your graduation you will get an exposure in all the areas of psychology and hence there is no specialization that you can opt for. Later when you do your masters you go for specializations that you want to pursue or go for. Still later if you want to practice as an expert you will have to do an M,Phil in the same form a institute that is RCI approved after which you can practice independently.

You should go for the subject purely if you have a passion for the same and you really want to study it.

Best Wishes!

RE: Can I do psychology by taking arts as my stream nd are there many kind of psychology if yes what are they or else can I do clinical psychology bcom BA MA

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
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PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur


Thank you for choosing Mera career guide and writing to us. I appreciate your interest in Psychology as that you are keen to know what subject will lead you to studying Psychology at a degree level and as well the degree in depth. Good on that. As you correctly thought, yes, there are many streams within Psychology. You have come to us at the right time, and therefore if you are keen in studying Psychology at degree level then you should compulsorily choose two subjects at HSC level that is at 11th and 12th level and they are Chemistry and Biology. These two subjects are mandatory to study a bachelors degree in Psychology and without them colleges wouldn't often accept students on this program. Therefore, please choose Chemistry and Biology at school level. This is the first step to get you qualify for a Psychology degree.

Secondly, you can choose for colleges that offers you a BA/ BSc Psychology degree. As part of the Psychology degree, there are many internal options that colleges often offer to students and they are Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Experimental psychology, environmental psychology, organisational behaviour/ organisational psychology, child psychology, education psychology, adult psychology, developmental psychology, forensic psychology, social psychology, marketing psychology and consumer behaviour. Depending on the college and their syllabus structure you may be offered some of the specialisations indicated above. This also says you need to find what specialisation you like the most and choose only those colleges that offer the specialisation. For a better understanding you can view the picture below.

To study Clinical psychology please remember Chemistry and Biology are mandatory subjects at 12th level. Alternatively if you want to specialise in Counselling psychology or Social psychology then students from any background could be accepted on to this course but also please be informed that only private colleges accept to offer this flexibility.

Some of the top colleges that offer Psychology course in India are

University of Delhi
University of Calcutta - Presidency college
University of Madras - Chennai Tamilnadu (Womens Christian college and Madras Christian College) University of Mumbai - St Xaviers college
Amity University of Psychology and Allied Sciences
SNDT University Mumbai University
Banaras Hindu University - Varanasi
University of Hyderabad
University of Allahabad
Osmania University Hyderabad

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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