Choose My Major: Psychology

Inkblot test for psychologyBy: Mia Myklebust
 
There’s no way around it, choosing a major is tough. The number of options can be overwhelming and often make it difficult for students to decide on a topic, let alone stick with just one (50% of freshmen who declare a major change it at least once!) When starting college it’s challenging to pinpoint exactly what field of study you’re passionate about. A great way to start the process of figuring it out is to read about different majors and then picture yourself in those professions.
 
In today’s Choose My Major we will take a look at psychology, an interesting major that will provide you with tons of expertise!
 
 
You should consider psychology if you have some of the following skills:
-An ability to work with people
-An aptitude for problem-solving
-Strong verbal skills
-A good understanding of math and science
 
You should consider psychology if you have some of the following interests:
-A desire to apply and expand knowledge
-A strong sense of ethical responsibility
-Curiosity about ideas, people and behavior
 
Remember that to become a psychologist you will have to continue your education after undergrad. You can either get a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. both which will be an additional 5-7 years of school. A Ph.D. is more focused on the research and teaching side of the profession, while a Psy.D. is directed toward applied work (working as a therapist).
 
If you’re interested in studying psychology in an undergraduate program, these are some great schools to consider!
Harvard University
Students: 6,671 Undergraduates
Type: Private/Nonprofit
Tuition: $37,576 in state /$37,576 out of state
Location: Cambridge, MA
 
Stanford University
Students: 6,856 Undergraduates
Type: Private / Nonprofit
Tuition: $41,250 in state /$41,250 out of state
Location: Stanford, CA

The father of psychology: Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

 
University of California, Berkeley
Students: 25,138 Undergraduates
Type: Public
Tuition: $11,220 in state /$34,098 out of state
Location: Berkeley, CA
 
University of California, Los Angeles
Students: 26,476 Undergraduates
Type: Public
Tuition: $11,220 in state /$34,098 out of state
Location: Los Angeles, CA
 
University of Chicago
Students: 5,320 Undergraduates
Type: Private/Nonprofit
Tuition: $43,581 in state /$43,581 out of state
Location: Chicago, IL
 
University of Illinois at Chicago
Students: 15,532 Undergraduates
Type: Public
Tuition: $10,232 in state /$22,622 out of state
Location: Chicago, IL
 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Students: 26,538 Undergraduates
Type: Public
Tuition: $12,634 in state /$37,782 out of state
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
 
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Students: 29,194 Undergraduates
Type: Public
Tuition: $11,650 in state /$16,650 out of state
Location: Minneapolis, MN
 
University of Pennsylvania
Students: 9,516 Undergraduates
Type: Private/Nonprofit
Tuition: $39,088 in state /$39,088 out of state
Location: Philadelphia, PA
 
Yale University
Students: 5,341 Undergraduates
Type: Private/Nonprofit
Tuition: $42,300 in state /$42,300 out of state
Location: New Haven, CT

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