A major in psychology can be designed as a broad liberal arts degree or can be focused for graduate school preparation. Although some of our graduates go on to graduate school, most stop their formal education with the B.S. or B.A. The psychology major, combined with a supportive minor, can be a strong preparation for a variety of careers in interesting settings. Frequently, recruiters come to campus looking for students with B.S. or B.A. degrees; many of them prefer psychology majors. If you want to pursue graduate training in psychology or related fields, the psychology major provides excellent preparation.
Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Critical Thinking and Research Skills
Students will use critical and creative thinking as they demonstrate basic research skills in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
Application and Community Engagement
Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
Career Planning and Development
Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
To declare or change a major or minor to psychology, students should:
Students will be admitted as pre-majors to the psychology degree program upon declaration of the psychology major. Students must complete PSY 150 before earning 75 credit hours to avoid being blocked from registering for the next semester’s classes.
No application is needed for admission to the psychology degree program. The Psychology Department will admit pre-majors to the degree program upon successful completion of PSY 150. Admission to the psychology degree program establishes the catalog year for a student majoring in psychology.