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Undergraduate

Welcome to the University of Michigan Psychology Department!

Psychology is a valuable liberal arts major, allowing one to explore, develop and expand their interests in the field. Whether you are a prospective major, fulfilling a distribution requirement, or simply curious about taking an introductory psychology course, psychology is a relevant discipline touching upon many other areas of study across the University.

The department offers many opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills to succeed both in the classroom and in the work world. The department's faculty are well recognized for their contributions to the field. This allows students to not only be taught by the top experts in the field, but also gives them the opportunity to work hands-on with faculty as research assistants in labs or undertake independent study.

In addition to research, the Psychology department offers unique opportunities to gain skills necessary to be competitive in today's job market. These opportunities within the psychology department include working as a peer adviser, volunteering at U-M Hospital, service learning with Project Outreach and Detroit Initiative, and other areas of interest. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Office at psych.saa@umich.edu. 

We wish you the best of luck!

Psychology Department Resources

Curriculum

Research Opportunities/Assistantships

Service Learning Opportunities

Course/Major Opportunities

While it is not required to declare a double major or minor, exploring courses and programs in other areas is an excellent way to develop interests and transferable skills. For example, you may enjoy taking an introductory programming course in computer science and decide it will be a valued skill when applying for jobs, or you take a few courses in Latina/o studies and decide to you may want to minor in it.

Something to remember is that for some majors and minors, certain skills and knowledge are assumed. For example, Math 115 (calculus) is often a minimum course requirement to declare majors and minors which are quantitative heavy, such as applied statistics, computer science, and economics. If you are inclined to a similar major or minor, taking a calculus or like course early on can be a good idea.  Similarly, writing ability in English 225 or higher is assumed for the Writing minor and recommended for most other humanities and social science majors.

For more helpful information about how other courses and minors can be helpful, please refer to the student resources page on the website: Beyond-the-Box Feature.

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