Many of us want to know why people behave the way they do. And some of us want to really know why, and then do something to help. If you're one of those people, then a psychology major may be what you're looking for.
As a psychology major, you'll learn a lot about why humans behave the way they do. You'll get to focus on one area that you're interested in and design and conduct your own research. When you're ready, you can head out into the community for an internship at a mental health facility in a local hospital or at a social service agency or correctional institution. You can even take part in a counseling-related internship.
Once you earn your degree, you'll be prepared to work at a social service or mental health agency. Or, you can work in a school or for a company. You could even accept a job at a governmental agency. Or, you could decide to go to graduate school for more study, just like these graduates did:
- Michael Gallina '14, PhD, counseling psychology, University of North Dakota
- Kelcey Schaum '14, MA, clinical mental health counseling, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Rebekah Schweigart '14, MSW, Temple University
- Kaitlyn Sexton '14, MS, occupational therapy, D'Youville College
- Molly Butler '13, MS, school psychology, Alfred University
- Amanda Foyle '13, MSW, SUNY at Binghamton
- Barbara Highhouse '13, MS, counseling psychology, Alfred University
- Alyssa Lapp '13, MS, occupational therapy, University of Pittsburgh
- Ashley Ramadhan '13, MSW, University of Pittsburgh
- Allison Armstrong '12, MSW, University of Pittsburgh
- Jasmine McEwen '12, MS, mental health counseling, Johns Hopkins University
- Christina McClarren '12, MSW, University of Pittsburgh
- Stephanie Adams '10, MSW, University of Pittsburgh
- Dianna Wadlow '09, MSW, University of Pittsburgh
- Danielle Plank '08, MSW, Florida State University
- Jennifer Barbish '08, MSW, University of Pittsburgh
For graduate Michael Gallina, the psychology program helped him turn his life around.
Read about our psychology lab.
What you can do with a degree in Psychology. Suggested 4-year plan of study.
Course Requirements in the Major
Students must receive a C- or better in all the above courses.
(min 2.00 GPA required for graduation)
Focus area requirements in psychology
(5 courses total; min two courses from each area)
Experimental Focus - Select Two Courses
Applied Focus - Select Two Courses
Other Required Courses
Other possible psychology electives
(Recommended, but not required)
Total Credits for the Major: 46-47
Total Credits for the Required Minor: 15-24
(min GPA 2.00 required for all minors)
If you're a transfer student and have already earned a previous degree, you do not need to complete a minor.
Learn more about our program on our Psychology Club Facebook page.