Bachelor’s in Psychology
The objective of psychology, as a science, is to understand, explain, and predict the behavior of organisms. The Department of Psychology has developed and organized its course offerings to earn a bachelor’s in psychology to meet three major goals:
- To provide a strong foundation for those students who plan to enter a graduate school of psychology after completing their undergraduate degree requirements.
- To assist those students who are planning careers in psychology or in related fields by providing a flexible curriculum that can be designed to meet the career goals of individual students.
- To meet the needs of those students who are taking psychology courses as part of their liberal arts education.
All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.
Why Major in Psychology?
You know the drill. You sit down for a meal at a family gathering when the conversation inevitably turns to how you are doing in college. When you reveal that you are pursuing a psychology major, you may encounter rolling eyeballs and one of three responses: “How will you ever get a job with a psychology major?” “Are you going to analyze me?” “Did you go into psychology to fix your problems?”
The psychology major is a workforce degree. About 40 percent of students who get a baccalaureate degree in psychology move into graduate school or professional training of some kind. This statistic means the majority of majors will be in the job market upon graduation.