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Curriculum and Career Guides

From Study to Skills

Psychology is the application of scientific methods to study how humans act, think, or feel. Students will gain an appreciation of human diversity, understand the complexity of human and animal behavior, and the value of the empirical approach to understanding complex problems. Students will develop skills in critical analysis, accurate problem definition, and interpretation of data. As psychology draws from the biological and social sciences, students should consider blending psychology course work with related fields such as Anthropology, Sociology, Statistics, Biology, Urban Planning, Women's Studies, Program in the Environment, Education, and Social Work.

Building Your Skills Outside the Classroom

Employers seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic. The Psychology Department and UM provide numerous ways for undergraduates to develop these skills:

From Skills to Career

Psychology majors develop both general and technical skills applicable to a wide range of careers. For example, interpersonal skills may be equally useful whether working as a clinical psychologist, a corporate recruiter, or a rehabilitation worker. Many concentrators go on to graduate or professional school. 

Select your area of interest below and use the guides to help you choose courses that will assist in preparing you for your dream career!