Psychology Degree Program and Career Video

Psychology Degree Program and Career Video Transcript

Psychology is a well known and very popular undergraduate humanities degree. Learn how a degree in Psychology can prepare students for fields in social work, marriage and family therapy, school counseling and clinical psychology.

Description

Psychology is a very popular and practical bachelor degree program. Specific programs can vary from university to university, but typically the program can be offered both as a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science, with a B.S. emphasizing additional math and science prerequisites.

Intro/Summary

Psychology is a well rounded major that encompasses a variety of skills that are great for many of today's job fields. Students thinking of becoming psychology majors will study many aspects of human behavior. Students can expect to grow their ability to critical think and reason usually through experimental methods and statistics. Psychology students will also develop their ability to analyze and interpret data.

Typical Coursework

Some typical courses for undergraduate psychology include:

  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Developmental Statistics
  • Cognitive Psychology

Job Prospects

Psychology is a good undergraduate major because of its broad marketability to the job force. Generally only one out of every four students typically work in a field closely related to psychology:

Some of these fields include:

  • Social Services
  • Case Management
  • Parole and Probation Services
  • Community Outreach

Many times students who have completed a bachelor's degree will go into a more common business related field such as:

  • Human Resources
  • Banking
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Top and Mid level executive management

Higher Learning/Graduate Studies

About 25 percent of psychology students will continue on to graduate programs and receive a masters degree and in some cases a Ph.D. Psych students find themselves great candidates for counseling and clinical psychology programs such as:

A Masters in:

  • Social Work
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • School and Counseling Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology

Conclusion

In General - Psychology is a very solid undergraduate major that emcompasses many real life skills that employers are looking for. There are also many great graduate program opportunities for students who are looking to get into counseling and clinical professions. Check with the psychology deptartment of your choice to see if the programs requirements and courses fit your need.


Sources:

  • http://web.psych.washington.edu/undergraduate/requirements.html
  • http://www.psichi.org/pubs/articles/article_50.asp
  • http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/5353/classes/faq.html

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