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Undergraduate Psychology Major/Minor
Psychology is a diverse science. Each psychologist on the faculty has his or her own research interests. The common thread is that we are all concerned with the study of behavior: how we think, feel, and act. Behavior is complex, varied, and dynamic. It is fascinating. This is true whether we are interested in the mating behavior of fruit flies, the motivations of managers, or the responses of individuals to different stressors.
The fact that psychologists (usually) use a scientific approach means that psychology students become familiar with rational and rigorous methods of developing ideas, gathering and communicating information, and making decisions. These are the basic skills of the discipline, and skills that are greatly in demand in the job market.
A bachelor's degree in psychology allows entry into the job market in a variety of directions. Most management training programs are anxious to recruit liberal arts majors. Many human services agencies hire bachelor degree recipients as entry level personnel. Many psychology majors use their background to enter positions in human resource development or in advertising and marketing. Some majors go on to professional schools to study law, for example.
A bachelor's degree in psychology will not prepare you to be a Psychologist. Individuals who can call themselves "Psychologist" and are trained to provide treatment for emotional disturbances must do graduate work which is typically four or more years beyond the bachelor's degree. If you want to teach at the college level, graduate training is generally required.
Our psychology major is flexible and designed to meet the needs of students with different backgrounds and different career goals. Work closely with your academic advisor to develop a career plan that best meets your current and future goals.