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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which courses make up the Psychology major?
  2. What courses does the Psychology Department offer?
  3. What  jobs would be appropriate for a person with a degree in Psychology?
  4. What about getting a Ph.D. in Psychology?
  5. Are there other graduate programs that a Psychology major is good for?
  6. As a Psychology major, could I get some practical or applied experience?
  7. How can I get more information?
  8. How do I go about declaring a major in Psychology?

 

1. Which courses make up the Psychology major?

The latest information on courses can be found on the Major Requirements page. TOP

2. What courses does the Psychology Department offer?

An attraction of Psychology is that the field is very broad and the courses border on biology (physiological and comparative), education (developmental), sociology (social) and business (organizational). Many students are attracted to the more clinically oriented courses such as abnormal, personality and behavior modification. For more information visit Course Descriptions and Courses that Complement Other Interests and Areas of Study.   TOP

3. What  jobs would be appropriate for a person with a degree in Psychology?

A Psychology degree is useful for many jobs, including starting out in business with management training. It is particularly suitable in health care, for pre-med, and for positions dealing with people in industrial relations and social work, as well as positions in many human service government agencies. Psychology is also a good background for teaching at the secondary level if you also take the necessary education courses. TOP

4.What about getting a Ph.D. in Psychology?

Here, there is a larger choice than generally appreciated. Most people know of clinical (psychotherapy), but there are many non-clinical areas (with less competitive admissions) which might better match your interests, for example: Social, industrial/organizational, personality, developmental, educational, community, experimental, and physiological. Visit the Courses that Complement Other Interests and Areas of Study. TOP

5. Are there other graduate programs that a Psychology major is good for?

Psychology is an excellent foundation for MBA or law programs and for pre-med, health care, education, sociology, as well as social work and counseling. TOP

6. As a Psychology major, could I get some practical or applied experience?

Certainly. You have many choices, including practicum courses like PSYC 402 Exceptional Children and PSYC 404 Practicum in Community Psychology and Prevention. Also check with Career Services about their Local Internship Program. This outside work provides excellent experience (and a source of letters of recommendation) which can be a great help when job hunting or applying to graduate schools. Applied experience will help you decide if this area of Psychology is one in which you are really interested. There also are many opportunities to help with faculty research projects or to do your own independent research. TOP

7. How can I get more information?

The Psychology website is regularly updated and provides answers to most questions. If you cannot find your answer, please contact the appropriate faculty or staff. TOP

8. How do I go about declaring a major in Psychology?

During the  the declaration period in spring, advisor sign-up sheets are posted in the Psychology Department hallway. Check this link for exact instructions and forms. TOP