Our undergraduate major in psychology is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts education, an understanding of how psychologists study behavior, and what psychologists have learned about behavior. The knowledge and skills obtained are useful in a wide variety of employment settings and careers. Additional course work and experiences are available if students are interested in advanced study at the graduate level or if students are interested in careers in social services.
Many of our graduates seek employment immediately after graduation, and they are successful in a variety of settings: social services, business, industry, and government. While some positions do not require that the person be a psychologist, having a major in psychology provides a background that is useful in many endeavors. Many employers have an interest in hiring people with knowledge and experience in people-oriented activities, e.g. supporting, motivating, and developing others.
The remaining students enter graduate or professional programs in psychology (e.g. clinical, industrial/organizational, experimental, and school), social work, law, medicine, and so forth. A psychology background allows graduates to compete for a variety of positions that draw upon their knowledge and skills.
Related career titles
Child care giver
Community relations director
Correctional case worker
Crisis intervention specialist
Employee relations manager
Gerontological care giver
Human resources professional
Market research analyst
Psychologist (only with training beyond bachelor’s degree)
Public opinion surveyor
Teaching/training program developer
Youth home manager
Resources available in ACIC*
Career Paths in Psychology
Careers in Criminology
Careers in Social and Rehabilitation Services
Great Jobs for Psychology Majors
Opportunities in Counseling and Development Careers
Opportunities in Health and Medical Careers
Opportunities in Psychology Careers
Opportunities in Social Science Careers
*Books are available for checkout.
Related psychology links
K-State Psychology Department
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association - Jobs for Psychology Majors
Psychology Career Center - Career Guide
Online Psychology Career Center
Association for Psychological Science