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Four Things to Know About Majoring in Psychology at USA

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors in colleges and universities across the country, and for good reason — it’s incredibly versatile major. A degree in psychology does not automatically qualify a person for a specific job. But psychology is an exceptionally diverse field and can prepare you to pursue careers in many different fields.

 

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Psychology is a science.

Although not a natural science like biology or geology, psychology is definitely a science. Along with fields like anthropology and sociology, it is considered a behavioral science. Psychology is defined as the scientific study of the human mind and behavior. Fascinated with the reasons we do the things we do? You may want to major in psychology.

USA offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, as opposed to a Bachelor of Science.

Although USA offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees, our psychology degree is a bachelor of arts, which emphasizes more liberal arts courses in its curriculum. This means you will get a broader education, with more diverse coursework than strictly psychology. For this major, you are required to minor in another discipline (earning at least 21 credits, as specified by the minor department).

You don’t have to go to graduate school to get a great job after graduation...

Many people assume that if a person majors in psychology, they will get move on to earn a Ph.D. and become a psychologist. But school guidance counselor and police investigator are two examples of careers that do not require advanced degrees, but might be natural fits for someone with an undergraduate psychology major.

...but you can if you want to.

If you have your heart set on treating your own patients or teaching at the college level, you’ll need to earn a doctorate in psychology. USA has a fantastic graduate program that combines both Clinical and Counseling Psychology in one Ph.D., and offers the nation’s only early acceptance program for a master’s.




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