Psychology is the major to consider if you want to study the area of science that explores how people and animals think, feel, and act. The knowledge and abilities acquired in this major will enhance your “people skills.” After studying Psychology, you will better understand yourself, your family and friends, business acquaintances, and our social world. You will learn to interact more effectively with others. In addition, you will develop new library and Internet skills for information retrieval and learn how to critically evaluate information using the tools of science and statistics.
According to the American Psychological Association, Psychology is currently the second most popular undergraduate major in the United States (second only to business administration). This may be surprising given that undergraduate psychology is a liberal arts major, not a professional training program. “Psychology” jobs generally require a graduate degree.
- Download an excellent pamphlet regarding the field of psychology is available from the American Psychological Association.
- Need help figuring out your interest area? View a sampling of jobs by interest area.
- What are your options with a graduate degree? View a sampling of graduate degree options in psychology.
- View a career guide for psychology majors developed by the JMU Office of Career and Academic Planning.
- Explore a searchable database of JMU alumni employment and graduate school experiences developed by the JMU Office of Institutional Research.