A major in psychology will prepare you for entry-level positions in a wide variety of human-service fields as well as for graduate school. A background in psychology will also position you well for professional study in business, law, education, medicine and many other areas. If you aspire to a career in church ministry, the understanding of the intricate working relationship with others and the counseling skills you will acquire will be invaluable to your work.
Our faculty members share an interest in psychology and a dedication to teaching, but their backgrounds and their professional specializations differ greatly. For you, that means having the opportunity to learn from and interact with a dynamic group of people who not only bring fresh ideas but also real-world understanding to their teaching.
What Can I Do With This Degree?
Psychology is a broad field of study. If you consider the definition of Psychology (the scientific study of behavior and mental processes), the subject matter of Psychology applies to a wide range of careers and interests. Most undergraduate Psychology programs (ours included) provide majors with an overview of the whole field which serves as a foundation upon which to specialize in a graduate program. Some specialty areas within the field include (but are not limited to): Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Human Factors Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sports Psychology, etc.
In addition to these specialty areas, the education that one receives as a Psychology major augments preparation for other careers as well: Marketing, Management, Education, Medicine, Social Work, Law, Military Science, Criminal Justice, etc. Employers often find Psychology majors to be attractive candidates because they perceive them to have the critical thinking and “people-skills” they are seeking.
|You can really impress people with all the cool terminology you will learn|
|To meet professors who teach from table tops, show Mythbusters and who are hyperactive (have more energy than you!)|
You can learn how to “train” those around you how to behave appropriately (i.e. giving your spouse a cookie every time he puts the toilet seat down)
|You can turn any situation into a learning experience (e.g. a trip to a fast-food joint can result in ketchup-and-napkin Rorschach tests)|
You will have a store of witty psychological comebacks (“You’re not a loser, you’re a blatant passive-aggressive with unresolved oral fixation issues”)
Every course will provide you with and opportunity to learn about yourself and your own motives
|The professors “open-door” policy allows for regular interaction, mentoring and guidance that is personalized because they know you|
|You will learn how to write well, think more critically and listen at a level that most students don’t achieve|
Psychology applies to nearly every aspect of life and the program will help you identify a specialty area of which you can make a career
|The rigorous nature of the program will prepare you well for either graduate school or employment in people-related professions|