Psychology (BA)

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behavior. This program emphasizes critical thinking, reasoning, and empirical research and writing. It adds practical experience through internships, service-learning and faculty-supervised research. The BA program provides a broad foundation in psychology and affords students the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses outside the major. Because of this, the Bachelor of Arts curriculum requires fewer lab science and math courses than the Bachelor of Science program. The Bachelor of Arts program in psychology prepares students for employment or preparation for graduate study in applied psychology and related fields (e.g., social work, counseling and management).

Degree offered

Psychology (BA)
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Career outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the job outlook (2014-24) for psychologists is 19% (which is "much faster than average").

A degree in psychology prepares students for a career in various settings:

  • community centers
  • consulting firms
  • government (sales and marketing, human resources, research, administration, management)
  • hospitals
  • industries and organizations
  • mental health agencies
  • private companies
  • schools and colleges (school psychologists, educators, professors)
  • social services (high school psychology teacher, occupational analyst)
  • substance abuse treatment clinics

The degree program also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in fields such as public administration, law, family studies, communication and the various graduate program fields in psychology:

  • clinical and counseling
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • developmental
  • environmental
  • health
  • legal
  • physiological
  • social

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Social and Human Service Assistants 11.4%$29,790
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other8.2%$41,420
Counseling Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 19%$90,210
Human Resources Specialists 4.6%$57,420
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 19.1%$76,950
Marriage and Family Therapists 14.8%$48,040
Mental Health Counselors 19.6%$40,850
Physician Assistants 30.4%$95,820
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Psychiatric Aides5.3%$26,220
Psychiatric Technicians5.2%$31,130
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 15.8%$68,690
School Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 18.9%$41,380

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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