College of Arts & Science & University Studies
What Can I Do With a Major in Psychology?
Psychology is the science that studies behavior, thought, feelings, and interactions. It is the study of human and animal behavior (normal and abnormal), and the psychological, social and biological processes related to that behavior.
A major in this area provides a framework in psychological theory along with background in research and statistical methodology. The curriculum introduces students to psychobiological, cognitive, developmental, social, and individual/clinical aspects of psychology.
Psychologists are interested in the biological foundations of behavior; perception, learning, thinking and memory; emotions and motivation; personality and abnormal behavior; and social interaction. Psychologists are curious about why people and other organisms act the way they do; are interested in the scientific study of the mind, brain and behavior; and have a desire to increase general well-being and improve the quality of life.
- Human Relations
- Personal development
Motivating oneself and others
Understanding individual differences
- Verbal/written skills
Informing/explaining to others
Mediating/negotiating with others
- Framing the central question
Clarifying/developing ideas and theories
Isolating potentially causal factors
Organizing and analyzing data
Relating theories to data
Evaluating theories and evidence
Defining problem areas
Setting up a system to analyze data
Offering new perspectives
Developing new agendas for old problems
Interfacing with community
- Human Services
- Youth counselor
Day care center director
Volunteer services coordinator
Psychiatric social worker
Senior citizen program coordinator
Medical case worker
- Industrial relations coordinator
Market research analyst
Labor relations coordinator
- Consumer researcher
Statistical report writer
Legal descriptive writer
Public opinion pollster
- Public Administration
- Affirmative action officer
Community organization worker
Community planning specialist
Friend of the court
Health policy planner
- Curriculum designer
Hospital admissions counselor
Note: Some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.
Opportunities - Graduate/Professional School
Psychology students may go on to master's degree programs in organizational behavior, applied psychology, social work, counseling, school psychology, rehabilitation therapy, family and marriage therapy, etc., or they may continue on to a doctorate degree in clinical, cognitive, biological, developmental, social, industrial, or counseling psychology. Psychology is also an excellent undergraduate training for graduate/professional study in neuroscience, medicine, law, business, education, gerontology, and a variety of other professions.
Opportunities - Experiential
Summer, volunteer, or part time work in human services (e.g. senior citizen centers, hospitals, juvenile delinquent group homes, summer camps), governmental agencies, or businesses; service learning practica or internships; independent study and special laboratory projects, undergraduate research and fellows programs, departmental employment (e.g. secretarial/clerk positions, laboratory assistantships), tutoring, involvement in the Psychology Club and the psychology honorary, Psi Chi.
- Department of Psychology (100 Psychology Building, 529-2400)
- * Curriculum Requirements
* Career Opportunities
- Career Services (200 Hoyt Hall, 529-3831)
- * Career Resource Center
* Career Counseling
* Career Assistance Center
* Computerized Career Development Program
* Dictionary of Occupational Titles
* Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Arts and Science Academic Advising (146 Upham Hall, 529-3031)
- * Miami Plan & College of Arts and Science Requirements
- * Course Selection
* Career Decision Making
Developed by the College of Arts and Science Advising Office and the academic departmental offices with adaptations from Liberal Arts and Sciences - Skills - Career Opportunities, Career Planning and Placement Office, University of Michigan.