Common Psychology Major Questions

Is graduate school necessary?

Psychology is a broad discipline. The American Psychological Association (APA) entails 56 separate divisions. These divisions are like clubs for professional psychologists. The members share common interests within the field, ranging from ethnic minority issues, addiction, trauma, aging, military psychology, and media to name but a few. While known for counseling, psychologists do much more than that!  

For many positions, further education may be necessary, but certainly not all work requires an advanced degree.  Our graduates have found employment in a variety of human service agencies, where their knowledge and skills in psychology have gained them employment serving a range of populations. These include those who are developmentally delayed, those suffering with addictions, the elderly, and young children.

Is choosing a minor necessary?

Although choosing a minor is not required, it can be very beneficial, particularly if you choose not to pursue further education. Several students have chosen to combine the psychology major with a minor that complements their unique talents and career goals (e.g., business, graphic design, biology).

Can I graduate in four years?

All Bethany majors can be completed in four years. As incoming freshmen, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will make it a priority to help you find the classes that will set your studies on the right path. Throughout your education, you will continue to meet regularly with your advisor to ensure that you fulfill your major and general education requirements.  Take a look at our psychology sample curriculum for an example of how to successfully structure your psychology courses.

What should psychology majors do to prepare for success after college?

Get involved in research. In psychology, participating in the research process helps you hone skills that will enable you to understand and interact more effectively with others. Most of the research we do in the Psychology department is a team effort and entails on the job training. Previous student research topics include:

  • Manipulating the conditions under which people mimic the behavior of others
  • Examining rates of viewing pornography on campus
  • The use of public postings to increase public prayer behavior
  • Decreasing canine barking at the local Humane Society

Research is an exciting and dynamic process. Writing research papers and/or creating a research poster are great ways to get started. There is something for everyone. Come join us!

A student who is successful following graduation will demonstrate:

  • Competence using APA style
  • The ability to locate and understand pertinent scholarly articles
  • Efforts to establish professional connections and stay current in the field through psychology conferences
  • Confidence and competence presenting in front of an audience