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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BA and BGS in Psychology and a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience. A BA/BGS in Psychology is also offered in the evening at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Serving over 1000 students each year, Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate programs on campus. Undergraduate Psychology Majors enjoy many rich opportunities to gain valuable research and training experience by assisting faculty members and graduate students with their research and conducting research of their own.

Psychology Department website

 

 

Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of behavior, thought, and emotion 
  • Think critically about behavior, including the ability to question assumptions, and consider alternatives 
  • Understand, interpret, design, and report psychological research 
  • Report research either orally or in writing to clearly articulate psychological understandings 

Popular Career Paths

Residential Care: Can be short-term or long-term care given to adults or children outside of the patient's home. Care can be 24-hour care or partial care depending on the person's needs and a variety of therapies may be offered.

Social and Human Services: Involves seeking out and connecting clients with the information, materials, and resources they need to cope with and overcome challenges in their lives.

Human Resources: Deals with personnel management issues such as compensation, hiring, performance management, and training.

Research: Involves conducting basic and applied studies of human behavior.

Therapy: Involves assessing client’s mental state through the use of a variety of tools and techniques and implementing an appropriate treatment plan for that client.  Therapy can be short-term or long-term.


Further Explore Careers in Psychology

  • All Psychology Careers.com - comprehensive website containing information on career fields within psychology, licensure information as well as colleges and universities offering psychology programs
  • Counselor License - licensing requirements for every state, information on specific counseling specialties, and articles investigating new trends
  • Psychology Career Center - online guide to psychology careers, degrees, schools and job search resources
  • Career Profiles: Psychology Careers - resource to help explore careers in psychology, including licensure requirements
  • Psychologyguide.com - resource to help explore careers in psychology, including a list of 200+ psychology career profiles
  • Psychology.org - information on various types of psychologists, including job descriptions, education requirements, etc.
  • Careers in Psych - resources to explore psychology careers in a variety of industries

Jobs to Consider

Advocate

Affirmative-Action Coordinator

Benefits Manager/Administrator

Case Manager/Coordinator

Community Services Specialist

Counselor

Crisis/Mental Health Worker

Employee Relations Representative

Housing Specialist

Human Resources Specialist

Parent Educator

Personnel Management Specialist

Prevention Counselor

Program Director/Manager

Psychologist

 

Rehabilitation Counselor

Residential Counselor/Manager

Staffing Coordinator

Substance Abuse Counselor

Therapist

Trainer

Youth Service Worker

 


Places to Seek Employment

Community/State Mental Health Providers

Consulting Firms

Corrections and Rehabilitation

Federal Government Agencies

Insurance Companies

Market Research Firms/Departments

Medical/Health-Care Organizations

Non-Profit Agencies

Religious Organizations

Residential Care Facilities

Retirement Communities

Schools for Students with Special Needs

Staffing Companies

Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Youth Shelters

View specific employers by state.


Employment Strategies

  1. Identify the social concerns and populations that interest you most and pursue courses and experiences that allow you to explore these interests further.
  2. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications) for occupations you are considering.
  3. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  4. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  5. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in psychology, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  7. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills psychology.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  9. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Psi Chi.
  10. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume 1 (pdf), sample resume 2 (pdf).

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