A Degree in Psychology

Wayne State University provides an outstanding undergraduate education in Psychology. As a Carnegie 1 Research University (i.e. rating 'highest research productivity by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education), Wayne State has over 1,200 undergraduate psychology majors, 100 doctoral students and 40 tenure track faculty who bring in over 3 million dollars per year in research grants. 

In addition to providing outstanding education in multiple domains of psychology (cognitive, social, clinical, biological, industrial/organizational), Wayne State University is located in the heart of a major metropolitan area.  As such, it provides invaluable opportunities for community involvement, including conducting research at area medical centers, working in community mental health clinics or shelters, and helping to shape policy at non-profit organizations.  Our students learn to apply newfound knowledge and critical thinking skills to real-world problems.

The possibilities for careers in psychology are more varied than ever. The range of work available to psychology graduates goes beyond laboratory researcher or individual therapist. Although a bachelor's degree in psychology will not prepare you to become a professional psychologist (students interested in a career as a therapist must complete a graduate program), an undergraduate major can mean that a student graduates with both a strong liberal arts/science education and adequate preparation for entry-level employment in one of many career paths.

Psychology majors are prepared for a variety of career paths, including research assistant, marketing, human resources, customer service, and human services. The skills students obtain through their psychology coursework prepare them for a wide variety of career paths. However, an individual's employability in one of these areas depends greatly on the person's practical experience (internships, volunteer, research experience, etc.) as well as personal traits, abilities, and special skills.

Career options are limitless with a liberal arts and science foundation, with many psychology majors continuing on to graduate studies in social and behavioral sciences, law, medicine, healthcare services, business, education, and more.


Transferable Skills

A psychology degree offers:

  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Research design
  • Scientific writing
  • Statistical analysis


Some Careers in Psychology

Case Manager$38,739
Office Manager$45,000
Behavior Technician$29,300
Human Resource Generalist$45,000
Program Coordinator$40,000

Source: PayScale- BA Psy, PayScalre- BS Psy,Glassdoor and PayScale


Graduate Study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

  • Ph.D. Psychology Programs
  • Mental Health Master Degree Programs
  • Business Graduate Programs 
  • Education Graduate Programs
  • Law School
  • Medical/Dental School
  • Health Sciences Programs


Notable People With a Psychology Major


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