A major in Psychology prepares a student for a career in a number of diverse fields and occupations including business, management, human resources, law enforcement, health and medical services, social services, and non-profit organizations. The major also prepares the student for studies in graduate or professional schools, leading to careers in law, clinical and counseling psychology, and academic positions in psychology.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) for the psychology major do not differ in terms of the required classes. Students considering a career in a field that involves the natural sciences (e.g. psychiatry, neurobiology, etc.) often select the B.S., while students interested in other areas (e.g. clinical, counseling, social, developmental, etc) often select the B.A. degree. The student’s psychology advisor will be able to help answer questions.
A minimum of 20 credit hours in the major must be taken within the Nebraska Wesleyan Psychology Department. At least 12 credit hours of the major must be in upper level courses (3000-4990).
Department Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives.
- Learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior, focusing on theory use, as well as designing and executing research plans.
- Develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings.
- Produce a research study or other psychological project, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience.
- Apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, teamwork skills, and career preparation.