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Psychology

1. What is the Psychology major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Psychology resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Psychology major?

1. What is the Psychology major?

Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior. Those in the field of psychology seek to understand the mental processes, personality, emotion, perception, development, thoughts, motives, social behavior, and the biological bases of behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Students studying psychology also learn about the experimental methods necessary to acquire this knowledge.

A major in psychology provides students with a strong foundation of theory and research across various areas of psychology; along with the methodological, laboratory, and statistical skills needed to understand and contribute to psychological research. In addition, directed study and honors program opportunities allow students to work directly with faculty members on research.

Many psychology majors go directly into graduate work in psychology or related areas such as counseling or social work.  Others go into professional schools such as law, business, medicine, or ministry.

Other majors enter the job market with the B.A. degree in areas such as social service (juvenile court, social security administration, hospitals, children’s homes, etc.), government agencies (CIA, National Institute of Mental Health, etc.), industry (personnel work, market research, etc.), education, student services, human resources, and a variety of other jobs.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest Psychology majors include:

Admissions Counselor
Art/Music Therapist
Case Manager
Clinical Assistant
Counselor
Customer Service Manager
Employment Recruiter
Hospice Coordinator
Human Resources Specialist
Media Buyer/Planner
Mental Health Assistant
Occupational Therapy
Peace Corps Volunteer
Physician
Psychologist
Public Relations Specialist
Recreation Specialist
Social Worker
Volunteer Coordinator

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Able to gather, interpret and explain scientific research; Decision making; Propensity to assist others; Awareness of how people think, solve problems, and process information; Perform statistical analyses; Design and conduct research projects; Write proposals and reports; Understanding of human learning and memory; and work productively as a member of a team.

4. What Psychology resources are available?

American Psychological Association
Psych Web
Grad School Info from Ryder University
Student’s Guide to Careers in the Helping Professions  See: Sakai—Psychology Undergraduates site or Dr. Christy Buchanan
Graduate Schools in Psychology
Tips for Applying to Grad School in Psychology
Comprehensive Grad School and Career Page
Online Psychology Career Center
Psychology Information Online
Encyclopedia of Psychology
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Visitors)
National Mental Health Association
Association of Black Psychologists
American Counseling Association

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Psychology majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Psychology major?

For more information about the Psychology major, visit the WFU Department of Psychology.