Choose a major that will give you a foundation for a variety of career opportunities.
The Psychology Major will give you a wide range of marketable skills that include interpersonal awareness, problem solving, and research skills. You will learn how mind, brain, and behavior are connected, and you will build a strong scientific foundation in the principles of human and animal behavior, cognition, emotion, and development. Courses include abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, psychobiology, cognition and learning, diversity, and social psychology. You can choose to focus your studies with a concentration in mental health services, developmental process, or women’s studies, or pair this program with a major or minor in a wide range of fields, including biology, business, communication, criminal justice, education, English, health sciences, history, nursing, occupational theory, philosophy, public health, sociology, Spanish, and urban studies.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
- Develop experiential understanding of psychological processes
- Apply scientific methodology to solve problems
- Examine various theories to explain behavior and cognitive abilities
- Participate in faculty-led undergraduate research on topics like mental health, motivation, gender studies, immigration, culture, age, neuroscience, and memory
- Discover the relevance of psychology in your every day life, community, society, and worldwide
Concentrations in Psychology
This concentration provides background for students planning careers related to developmental disabilities, special education, child and adolescent services, or hospital and nursing home programs for the disabled or aging. Developmental Process is especially recommended for students in education.
This concentration will prepare you for graduate school and/or employment in agencies serving the mental health needs of special populations, including people with mental disabilities; addiction; and cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems.
Psychology majors may elect an interdisciplinary concentration in women’s studies beyond the requirements of the psychology major. 5 courses may be selected from any course with a “WO” prefix, from at least 2 disciplines.