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Psychology is the science of behavior. Courses convey the principles, methods and theories necessary for a better understanding of human and animal behaviors.

Ample employment opportunities are available in assessment and treatment, human resource management, residential care and community and social services. Psychology graduates also find opportunities in alcohol and drug intervention, impatient and outpatient facilities for persons with chronic mental illness or developmental disabilities, educational and occupational testing, group home counseling, geriatric counseling, youth center management, employment counseling and family planning. 

Psychology provides a foundation for careers in education, business, sales, healthcare, public health, gerontology, law, administration, personnel management, government, advertising and public relations. The major allows students to increase their intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding and develop problem-solving, project management and information literacy skills. 

How will I focus my studies?

Studying psychology allows students to work toward a liberal arts degree rather than a specialized degree that prepares students for a specific type of job. Typically, students tailor their schedules according to their future career paths. These decisions generally fall into three categories: graduate studies, a career applying principles of psychology to human problems, or a career in a non-related field.

Aaron Testoff, Shady Spring, W.Va.

Major: Psychology and German

Aaron Testoff
Aaron has high aspirations to “enter the workforce immediately in an analytical position within human resources, marketing or something else business-related.” The Department of Psychology, with a focus on research methods and statistics, has provided opportunities for Aaron to develop the transferable skills to do just that — land a job he loves, doing work that matters.When Aaron realized that the “subject and major are very broad,” he was drawn to the possible research opportunities and subsequent career prospects in psychology. Aaron’s current research on industrial and organizational psychology in China, Germany and the United States has him “investigating how emotions vary across cultures.” He looks forward to applying what he learns to his future career.

Learn more at the Psychology site