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Psychology Undergraduate Program

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What Psychology Majors Learn

Psychology majors study the science of basic psychological processes such as learning, cognition, and motivation; the development of behavior, personality, and coping skills from conception through old age; human interaction in social and organizational settings; and the effects of physical and psychological stress upon coping skills and mental health. Psychology is both a scientific discipline which seeks to understand and explain behavior and an applied profession which seeks to alleviate psychological problems and enhance human potential.

Career Prospects for Psychology Majors

Students obtaining an undergraduate degree in psychology will find themselves well-prepared to pursue a variety of careers in which basic knowledge of psychological processes is valuable. Psychology majors may become employed as human resources officers, research or mental health technicians, sales or public relations specialists, administrators, mental health or corrections specialists, juvenile and youth caseworkers, substance abuse counselors, statisticians or research analysts, etc. Graduate training is required to become a licensed psychologist and is often needed for other psychology-related professions as well.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is an excellent resource for finding out about job growth, average pay, and education requirements for psychology-related professions such as the following:

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