What is Psychology?
"Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all of the human experience--from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental healthcare services." (American Psychological Association)
What is Psychological Science?
Psychological science is the use of the scientific method to create, test and improve hypotheses concerning behavior and the factors and processes underlying behavior. Some psychological scientists use science to further basic psychological knowledge and some apply psychological principles to analyze, improve or measure behavior. Underlying both the basic and applied research of Psychological Science is a fundamental reliance on the scientific approach.
Why Major in Psychological Science?
Students who major in Psychological Science develop many skills that help them in their future careers. Because psychology is the science of behavior, psychological science students learn a great deal about working effectively with other people, but they also learn to think logically and rationally.
Some careers in psychology require advanced degrees. An important step towards getting an advanced degree is building a strong, broad knowledge of psychology. If you look at the content covered in GRE Psychology subject test, you will see that WKU's BS in Psychological Science will give you the kind of preparation you need to succeed on the GRE.
Majoring in psychological science can prepare you for graduate school, but these skills can also help you succeed in the workforce. Understanding how people typically behave and the factors that influence behavior are an asset in most jobs. Other skills that undergraduate students in Psychological Science develop are critical thinking skills, working effectively in diverse organizations, and using and interpreting data. The APA has a great piece on interesting careers in psychological science.
- For more information about majoring in psychological science, read a recent article from "Psychology Today."
- For more information on specific areas of psychology, see the American Psychological Association's information on careers in Psychology.
- If you plan to pursue additional study you might be interested in some general information on applying to graduate school in psychology.
- For ideas regarding what you can do with a degree in Psychological Science, see the WKU What Can I Do With This Major page.
American Psychological Association (website). http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/careers.aspx
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