Psychology is the study of people – what they do, how they think, and what they feel.
Psychology helps students to develop a better understanding of themselves and other people by exploring topics such as perception, memory, decision-making, emotion, learning, language, and personality. Students also explore how the brain enables our experiences, how people develop over time, how people influence one another, and some causes and treatments of psychological disorders. In addition, psychology students prepare to critique and conduct basic scientific research and data analysis, which are important skills in a data-driven world.
Many psychology students pursue a master's or doctorate degree in a particular field of interest including: clinical psychology, industrial-organizational, cognitive, developmental, social, neuroscience, or health psychology. Earning a specialized degree opens the door for career opportunities such as school psychologist, forensic psychologist, market research analyst, social worker, marriage/family therapist, or substance abuse counselor. Psychologists also pursue careers as scientific researchers, teachers, lawyers, and consumer product designers.