Psychology - FAQ's
What skills do I need to succeed?
Students majoring in psychology should have a desire to learn about people and their emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Majors need the ability to listen, the ability to understand others perspectives, and the ability to think critically about what practices are effective in others.
What will I learn?
Psychology majors develop flexible skills which can be used in a wide range of occupations. Some of these skills include:
- Social and interpersonal skills
- Critical thinking
- Group collaboration
- Writing and presentation skills
- Researching skills
- Communication skills
What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?
Many courses offer activities that allow students to experience things first hand. Some classes have practicum experiences which allow students to observe others in a professional setting. Internships are also available in many interest areas.
Students are also encouraged to become members of the psychology club. The club sponsors student attendance at conferences and supports students in presenting their own research.
What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?
Psychology degrees are very versatile and can be applied to most fields. Many gradates go on to work in human services, the mental health field, criminal justice system, education, business, or a variety of other fields. A number of others go on to graduate school in one of the many different specializations in psychology (counseling, sport, industrial/organizational, etc).
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