A bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology is excellent preparation for graduate programs in psychology, health and social service. Typically, professions in these areas require a post baccalaureate degree. Many of our students have been accepted into prestigious nationally recognized Ph.D. programs and many have gone on to master’s degree programs. Other professionals, such as executives, lawyers, and business leaders often have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and advanced degrees in other areas.
A major in psychology is also useful preparation for career areas such as counseling, media, management, survey research, assessment or program evaluation, and law enforcement. Students who are not planning on graduate school, still leave our program with a number of highly marketable skills such as; the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data; conduct research, write reports and proposals clearly and objectively; communicate effectively and sensitively in both individual and group situations; and identify problems, plan and recommend solutions.
All psychology students are required to adhere strictly to the Ethical Standards of Psychologists, published by the American Psychological Association, and to all Cal Poly Humboldt procedures and policies concerning use of humans and non-humans as experimental participants. Failure to comply will result in immediate expulsion from the department’s programs, courses, and facilities.
We recommend that students who are interested in this major take algebra and biology in high school.