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Learning and Career Outcomes
What Can You Do With a Degree in Creativity Studies?
General learning goals include understanding the history, research, and practical application of creativity studies. You'll develeop specific learning goals with your faculty mentor based on your interests and aspirations. At the conclusion of your studies, you should be able to:
- Work to engage others in efforts to promote life-enhancing change.
- Combine critical, empathetic, and creative thinking with self-reflection to develop self-knowledge, self-realization, and expansion of consciousness.
- Bring innovation and creativity in their use of methods, moving beyond disciplinary and paradigmatic boundaries.
- Place their work within a whole person perspective including multiple contexts, and acknowledge their own biases and unchallenged assumptions.
- Understand, critically analyze, and create psychological research.
- Display an awareness of strengths and liabilities based on humanistic values, including authenticity and compassion.
Students in this program have successfully pursued research in:
- The Arts: investigating the relationship between creativity and spirituality in professional songwriters
- Aging: looking at how creative people experience the process of aging in their personal and professional life
- Business and Government: evaluating if length of service in a business increases or decreases creativity
- Education: looking at teacher training involving creative discovery for self-development and personal and spiritual growth
- Peace and Conflict Resolution: helping parents and kids work cooperatively through collaborative expressive arts activities
- Psychology: researching the role of creativity in the therapeutic process
Understanding the dynamics of creativity can enhance professional growth in unexpected and exciting ways. Depending on your professional interests, you may develop skills to:
- Work within corporations and other organizations to facilitate organizational creativity
- Teach creativity and psychology courses in k-12 schools or colleges
- Professional creativity coaching, training, or consulting
- Lead groups in effective collaborative creativity
- Research, write, and present your work in academic and consulting environments
- Add art therapy to your clinical repertoire if you already have licensure
- Enhance your own creative ability in both your professional and personal lives
Our graduates work in a variety of settings, including private practice, schools and universities, community health centers, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, the juvenile justice system, substance abuse clinics, corporate offices, non-profit organizations, and the government. Many have founded their own companies, and hundreds are successfully published authors. Presently, Saybrook psychology graduates are leaders in the following areas: