Psychology is a field as varied and diverse as people are. The psychology major studies behavior in individuals and groups, analyzing trends as well as shared habits. Though there are numerous psychology majors with specialized focuses, including clinical psychology, forensic psychology, community, cognitive, and psycholinguistic majors, the general psychology major offers a far-reaching look at the study of human (and sometimes even animal) behavior.
The psych major offers courses relating to writing, science, critical reading, and even math. Classes include: social psychology, abnormal psychology, human development, psychology statistics, and conditional learning. Students sometimes intern at places such as hospitals, homeless shelters, prisons, and special-education classrooms to better understand human behavior in a variety of settings. Those who wish to pursue psychology tend to have good people skills, interest in what makes people tick, are naturally curious, and enjoy finding patterns.
Psychology has a vast array of specialized fields, and focused careers within those fields. Psych graduates can look forward to challenging but richly rewarding jobs such as: industrial-organizational psychologist, forensic psychologist, neuropsychologist, and school counselor. By seeking a better understanding of human behavior, psychologists can help interpret, predict, and explain the ins and outs of why people do what they do, and think what they think.
Psychology fun fact: The term psychology comes from the Greek word psyche meaning "breath, spirit, soul" and logia meaning "study of."
Celebrities who studied Psychology: Jerry Bruckheimer, TV/film producer; Gloria Estefan, singer; Natalie Portman, actress; Wes Craven, film-writer/director; Katharine Hepburn, actress.
The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, General is $38,300