Psychology

What Is It?:

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists. Psychology provides a background that develops your knowledge base and skills in problem solving, oral and written communication, and critical thinking of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

The Psychology Degree requires both core and supporting coursework:

Core Requirements: Gives you in-depth knowledge of human development and behavior, basic human relations skills, and solid statistical, research design, and measurement and evaluation competencies.

Supporting Coursework: Gives you a level of expertise in an area outside of psychology such as economics, business administration, marketing, human resource education, consumer education, journalism, speech communications, biological sciences, math and statistics, sociology, social work, or education, to name a few. Challenging jobs are available and your psychology degree can make you particularly attractive to employers attempting to fill those jobs.

For more information, please visit the Department of Psychology

Concentrations:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience: studies the biological mechanisms underlying behavior. 
  • Clinical/Community Psychology: studies problems encountered by individuals, families, groups, organizations, and neighborhoods. 
  • Cognitive Psychology: studies basic behavioral and cognitive processes, including learning, memory, problem-solving, motivation, and language. 
  • Developmental Psychology: studies intellectual, personality, psychophysiological, and social development processes as individuals develop from birth through old age. 
  • General Psychology: provides students an opportunity to pursue a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of pshychology. 
  • Organizational Psychology: focuses on the application of techniques of assessment, prediction, and intervention to areas of human resources in organizations. 
  • Social/Personality Psychology: studies attitudes, social perception and cognition, interpersonal relations, interpersonal interactions, and social and cultural factos affecting human behavior. 

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • PSYC 100—Introductory Psychology

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising Manager
  • Art, Drama, Dance Therapist
  • Buyer
  • Career Counselor
  • CIA / FBI Agent
  • College Student Affairs Professional
  • Counselor-Group, Marriage,
  • Criminologist
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Employment Counselor
  • Family
  • Geriatric Counseling
  • Healthcare Worker
  • Job Analyst
  • Judge
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Career Services Director
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • College Recruiter
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Counselor
  • Customs Immigration Agent
  • Drug Abuse Prevention Educator
  • EEO Specialist
  • Events Coordinator
  • Family Services Case Manager
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Grievance Officer
  • Human Resource Representative
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Mental Health Case Manager
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Patient Care Coordinator
  • Physical Therapy Aid
  • Psychiatric Aid
  • Recreation Director
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Research Assistant
  • Residence Life Director
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Service Aid
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Suicide Prevention Specialist
  • Teacher/Educator
  • Technical Writer
  • Trauma Support Specialist

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Clinical-Community Psychology Students' Association: promotes and supports the scholastic development of undergraduates with interests in Clinical-Community Psychology
    • Psi Chi Undergraduate Psychology Association: encourages, stimulates, and maintains excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology

Related Skills:

  • Able to Observe, Analyze, & Interpret Information
  • Able to Promote Healthy Relationships
  • Concern for and Sensitivity to Others
  • Critical and Inferential Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Engage in Ethical Practice
  • Good Listener
  • Insight to Deal Effectively with People
  • Interpersonal Communication (oral and written)
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Knowledge of Human Development & Behavior
  • Problem Solving
  • Understanding of Group Dynamics Ability to Resolve or Mediate Conflicts

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Psychology, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Psychology.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Psychology.  These organizations include American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology, American Psychiatric Association, and American Psychological Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Psychology, visit Undergraduate Programs.