Specializing within your psychology major

Assumption College Undergraduate

art therapy specialization with psychology majorStudents pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology for a number of reasons. Some like listening and helping others. Others enjoy the deep dive into understanding human behavior. Whether you have known exactly what you want to do since you learned what a psychologist was, or you’re still trying to figure out where you’re headed with your degree, it’s important to know about the many paths you can take towards specialization – some you may not have known existed.

Exploring the different ways you can specialize with a psychology degree allows you to discover new passions and make a plan for your next career steps. Think about whether you want to work in academia, a private research institution, in a corporate environment or in a private practice. And it’s natural to consider what options are most lucrative.

Some popular careers pursued by psychology majors you may have never heard of:

  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists research methods to improve productivity and satisfaction in the workplace.
  • Art Therapists use media and the creative process to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, reduce anxiety, manage behavior and addictions and more.
  • Career or Vocational Counselors help individuals make career decisions.
  • Sports Psychologists focus on the mental aspects of sports, like performance, motivation and coping with injuries.
  • HCI and UX, as well as Engineering Psychologists discover the ways that people interact with technology and products.
  • School Psychologists help students with learning or behavioral problems or differences.

Specialized courses help you discover what areas of psychology you love and to dive into the parts of the study that made you want pursue the degree in the first place.

Assumption College’s Bachelor’s degree courses like Social Psychology, Psychology of Dreams or Psychology of Development: Infancy and Childhood, inspires undergraduate students to explore unique areas they may have not thought about before. Talk to your adviser or view the course catalog for further courses and specialization ideas.

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