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Career Preparation & Advising Brochures

A sound understanding of human behavior is needed for success in many careers. Our undergraduate program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the biological, experiential (i.e., cognitive, developmental, social and emotional), and cultural aspects of human behavior. We provide students with the opportunity to learn inquiry and communication skills that are important for many occupations and professions in education, industry, mental health, research, and social service.

Our undergraduate program is designed to teach students to:

  • Formulate meaningful questions
  • Critically evaluate issues regarding human behavior, cognition, and emotion
  • Use library resources and acquire information effectively
  • Conduct and understand basic psychological research
  • Communicate effectively about psychological issues both orally and in writing
  • We also challenge students to consider the extent to which principles of human behavior, cognition, and emotion can be applied universally to all people
  • To consider the fair treatment of people with respect to differences in gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and abilities and disabilities.

To the extent that we are successful in accomplishing these goals, students who graduate with a B.A. in Psychology should be prepared for a variety of career paths involving human behavior and interaction (e.g., teaching, personnel, B.A.-level social worker, research analyst, group home counselor) and/or for graduate programs in Psychology or related fields (e.g., education, social work).

Psychology majors often do not realize the full extent of their career opportunities, believing instead that their career options are limited without graduate study. Because psychology is a liberal arts major, you can become employed in a large variety of fields. But this very freedom can make goal-setting challenging. To do so;

  • You have to identify the career field you want to enter and the qualifications needed for entry-level job opportunities.
  • You need to discover your own skills, values, and interests.
  • Research the world of work
  • Gain some career-related experience
  • Plan your own individualized job search
  • Your task as a multi-talented psychology major is to avoid limiting your options
  • You want to develop an informed career focus based on your self-knowledge, interests, values, and experience, and to target compatible employers.

Employers appreciate psychology majors because of the diversity of their skills in problem solving, human relations, research, critical thinking, and oral and written communication, as well as their flexibility and organizational skills.

In addition to graduate school and the human services field, psychology majors work in the areas of education, social services, business, and government. Jobs are available in sales, public relations, research, consulting, management, personnel, recruiting, advertising, medical settings, law, insurance, marketing, non-profit organizations, case management, counseling, real estate, and a host of other career fields.

Career Advising Brochures

Our students are allowed much flexibility in choosing the courses that satisfy their major requirements. This provides an opportunity for students to customize their education to their individual career goals.

To aid students in the process of choosing an eventual career, and to advise an appropriate educational path to this career, the department typically provides students with advising brochures for some of the more common career options available for psychology graduates.  These brochures describe employment opportunities in that area, educational requirements, and recommended coursework. We are currently in the process of revising these documents. Check back often. For now, we suggest making an appointment with any of our faculty, or visit Prospects, to discuss potential career opportunities. 

Finally, the Career Center, located in Room 1013 of Lassen Hall, can be a very helpful resource for your career planning. Depending on your individual needs, they will help you to:

  1. Identify your skills, values, and interests, including the skills you bring from school, work, and life experiences
  2. Research the world of work, including locating companies, industries, and career fields that interest you
  3. Locate an internship, co-op position, or other work that will help you gain experience and assess the reality of the job market
  4. Plan your individual job search, including locating the "hidden job market," finding job openings, writing your resume and cover letters, and practicing your interviewing skills.

The Career Center also offers a variety of workshops, coordinates a Job Fair each semester, and has individualized career counseling, a career resource library, company literature, on-campus recruiting, internship openings, and full-time job listings.

In addition , there is a computerized career guidance system called DISCOVER, which has information about graduate schools and occupations, and which helps students to evaluate their interests, skills, and values.

The Psychology Department encourages you to call 278-6231 for an appointment or to visit the Career Center early in your college career. Even if you are a senior, it is still not too late to utilize the services and programs they offer.