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Psychology (B.A./B.S.)

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Cultivate your curiosity.

Why does chocolate make you happy? Why do we succumb to peer pressure? Why do some people develop addictions more easily than others? Why do you want to understand everyone around you more deeply?

Psychology is the scientific study of "why," or specifically, the examination of behavior and mental processes and their application to human welfare. It is a tremendously broad field spanning subject matter from the biological to social sciences. The study of psychology prepares students for work in fields like counseling, education, health care, human resources, politics, probation and corrections, public relations, social work, statistics and more. Psychologists are commonly found working in conjunction with other professionals to contribute to every area of society.  The psychology major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious about human nature.
  • Have a desire to help people.
  • Enjoy working with people.
  • Are inquisitive and analytical.
  • Like to solve problems.

Career Opportunities

  • Counselor (typically with additional education)
  • Human resources professional
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Social worker
  • Graduate/professional school

Recent Employers

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Department of Social Services
  • Sanford Health
  • Advance
  • Volunteers of America

Internship Opportunities

  • Avera Behavioral Health
  • Brookings School District
  • East Central Behavioral Health
  • LifeScape

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.