After Your BA - What Next?
What can I do with a Psychology Degree?
Many students often wonder “what do I do with my degree once I’ve graduated?” Well, the first step is to fully understand what you have with a psychology degree and how it makes you unique.
Psychology is both an academic and applied field involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychology also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including problems of individuals' daily lives and the treatment of mental illness.
Psychology differs from anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology in seeking to explain the mental processes and behavior of individuals. Psychology differs from biology and neuroscience in that it is primarily concerned with the interaction of mental processes and behavior on a systemic level, as opposed to studying the biological or neural processes themselves. In contrast, the subfield of neuropsychology studies the actual neural processes and how they relate to the mental effects they subjectively produce. Biological psychology is the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and mental states.
These differences open many doors to you and allow you to market yourself in ways that students with other degrees cannot. But you have to make it happen. Use the resources below to plan for your life after college.
Current Psychology Students' Resources
- Assess and maximize your academic skills
- Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology
- Psi Chi at FIU Website Down
- American Psychological Association (APA) – Student Resources
- Association for Psychological Science (APS) – Student Resources
- Finding a mentor
- Psychology-Drug Abuse Careers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Occupational Information Network
- Psychology Careers in the 21st Century
- Non-academic Careers in Psychology
Preparing for Graduate School
- The Psychology Major’s Handbook 2nd Edition, by T. L. Kuther (2006). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
- Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a changing world, by T. L. Kuther & R. D. Morgan (2004), Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
- Career Paths in Psychology: Where your degree can take you (1997). By R. J. Sternberg, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.