Psychology majors learn about human development, learning and mental health. They often pursue careers in social services, business/sales, education and research. Many psychology majors pursue graduate degrees in various helping disciplines as well as research specialties in psychology.
You may be good at psychology if you are:
Classes are developmentally arranged to allow you the chance to learn the basics first, such as developmental theories and research methods. Lower level classes focus on the breadth of psychology and introduce you to the various career options available.
Upper level classes then focus in on specific specialty areas such as substance abuse, abnormal psychology and helping skills. The major offers a good deal of flexibility in terms of course scheduling. A wide variety of topic areas are offered each semester making the major a good fit for students with diverse interests.
There are Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees available with this major.
The biggest benefit of the psychology degree is flexibility. Graduates with backgrounds in psychology can go into virtually any field and find that their background in human behavior, the brain, research and helping skills is useful in achieving their career goals. Most psychology graduates pursue careers in business, education, health, the environment, human performance, education and public safety.
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator-Gulf Park
Favorite Courses: PSY 425: Cognitive Psychology and PSY 251: Careers in Psychology
Expertise: Cognitive Psychology, particularly Psychology of Language and Bilingualism
Favorite Courses: PSY 425: Cognitive Psychology and PSY 456: Psychology of Aging and Dying
Expertise: Episodic Memory, Memory Distortion, Attentional and Cognitive Control, Cognitive Aging
Favorite Course: PSY 313: Vocational Development and Counseling
Expertise: Counseling psychologist, career development, career counseling
Favorite Course: PSY 436: Abnormal Psychology
Expertise: externalizing disorders in adults, personality assessment, psychotherapy outcomes
Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
Favorite Course: PSY 435: Alcohol and Drug Use Interventions
Expertise: College student substance use prevention and intervention
Favorite Course: Developmental psychology; Educational Psychology
Expertise: Autism spectrum disorder, behavioral interventions
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.