The Psychology Department has well over 200 undergraduate majors and more than 100 minors. Each year, about 100 students graduate with a Psychology BA. We currently offer 18 different undergraduate courses during a typical academic year, and the upper-level class size has an average of about 30 students. A majority of our majors spent one or more semesters working as research assistants in faculty laboratories.
Benefits of a Psychology Degree at SMU
Psychology is the study of human behavior and cognition. A degree in psychology equips students with a solid academic foundation, which our graduates find useful as they embark upon a variety of careers.
Skills & Competencies:
Students who study psychology gain a variety of transferable skills, including:
- Critical thinking skills, training students how to think like a researcher and enabling them to carefully evaluate information
- Interpersonal communication skills, including effective ways to communicate—both verbally and in writing
- Analytical skills, teaching students how to analyze and interpret information, and how to collect information to make scientifically-based conclusions
- Problem solving & decision making skills
- Concern for and sensitivity to others with different backgrounds
Students in psychology learn about the bases of human behavior (both normal and abnormal behavior), so that they can better understand self and others. They are also provided with valuable information about behavior throughout the lifespan (e.g., early development, older adults) and in a variety of important contexts (e.g., close relationships & marriage, work place).
Jobs/career directions our students have pursued:
Students with undergraduate degrees in psychology follow a variety of career paths, including:
- Research and academia– (this requires an advanced degree)
- Provision of psychological services including therapy, counseling, and testing (this also requires an advance degree)
- Business – advertising, marketing, real estate, social media, media relations, public affairs, human resources
- Teaching – (early childhood education, elementary & high school teaching) & coaching
Students also successfully compete for admission into a variety of Graduate/Professional Schools:
Website page: "Undergraduate Career Advising"
- Law School
- Health Professions (e.g., Medical School, Nursing School, etc.)
- Psychology (both M.A. & Ph.D. programs)
- Social Work
- Educational/School/Sports Psychology