How to Select a Psychology School
Psychology majors are available at many 4-year colleges and universities. Study in this field may include lab work, independent research, and various psychology-related topics. Programs cover the history of psychological theory, analytical methods, ethical principles and the physical sciences as they relate to psychology. Graduates from a psychology program will be well-rounded in human behavior, which is knowledge applicable to a variety of careers and job situations.
- Consider career aspirations and whether or not pursuing a Ph.D., a Psy.D., or taking requisite classes for medical school makes sense.
- Find out if a university offers graduate programs for continued study.
- Look for a program with internship opportunities and career connections in a specific field of interest.
- Know what advising services a university offers and if they are adequate.
- Some programs may offer specializations in areas of psychology.
Psychology Program Overview
This 4-year program combines general education units with core courses on:
- Human behavior
- Abnormal psychology
- Research methods
Some classes focus on specific demographics, such as women, children or the elderly. Specializations in areas like cognitive behavior and neuroscience may also be available. In addition to coursework, some programs require field experience and research. Graduates may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
Top 10 Psychology Programs
|Harvard University||4-year, Private|
|University of California--Los Angeles||4-year, Public|
|Yale University||4-year, Private|
|Stanford University||4-year, Private|
|Columbia University||4-year, Private|
|University of California--San Diego||4-year, Public|
|University of Pittsburgh||4-year, Public|
|Duke University||4-year, Private|
|University of Michigan--Ann Arbor||4-year, Public|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||4-year, Private|