Why Major in Psychology?
You may be good at psychology if you are:
- A critical thinker and interested in understanding the brain and behavior.
- Good with people; someone who enjoys interacting and helping others
- Someone who enjoys analyzing and solving problems.
Psychology majors learn about human development, cognition and mental health. They often pursue careers in social services, business, education and research or pursue graduate degrees in various helping disciplines, as well as research specialties in psychology.
What Will I Learn?
Psychology majors enjoy a great deal of flexibility in course offerings designed to educate psychology students about the breadth of psychology. Psychology majors seek to answer questions such as:
- How do I make sense of the information I read online?
- How do we change as we age?
- How is behavior influenced by group membership?
- How does culture influence behavior?
- How does the brain work? How do our thoughts affect our actions?
- What prevents mental health problems? How are mental health problems treated?
Student support and engagement are offered through the College of Education & Human Sciences Student Advisement & Support Center. The Center provides individualized advisement plans tailored to meet the interests of the student. Faculty mentors provide advice regarding career planning and support for navigating the demands of college. Psi Chi (National Psychology Honor Society) and Psychology Club offer Psychology majors professional development opportunities and social activities.
Research opportunities provide Psychology majors with hands-on, active learning experiences which extend their classroom learning to the real world. Students are integrated into all aspects of the scientific process and learn to become critical, innovative participants on the research team. Many students complete independent projects and present their work to the wider academic audience both at Southern Miss and across the country. High quality research apprenticeships such as these prepare students for graduate school in psychology or for careers where critical thinking, organization, and data management are valued traits.
The Psychology Scholars Program was developed for high achieving undergraduate psychology majors with the goal of enhancing engagement in the department and challenging them academically, socially, and intellectually in preparation for advanced educational and career pursuits. Through the Psychology Scholars Program, this exclusive group of students receive training and mentorship that will enhance their success in applying for graduate school or seeking a Psychology-related career. Psychology Scholars represent the School of Psychology in recruitment events and provide support to incoming Psychology majors through small group meetings.
School of Psychology faculty travel to London each summer for a month-long course investigating Psychology. This class investigates how school and clinical service delivery operates in the UK versus the USA with a focus on autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders.
Psychology faculty represent expertise in all domains of psychology
Psychology faculty represent every major area of Psychology and are committed to providing challenging curricular experiences for students. Experts in Brain and Behavior, Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology make up our diverse faculty and teach classes for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty research labs offer one opportunity for psychology majors to experience the scientific exploration of real-world problems and to extend learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
- Psychiatric Technician
- Business, sales, advertising
- Human Resources
- Case Manager
- Youth Minister
- Recreational Therapist
- Sheila Bullock, 2015,
Family Nurse Practitioner, Pearl River County Hospital
- Sarah McMurtry, 2007,
- Jacquelyn Johnson, 2018,
Summer Treatment Counselor, Florida Atlantic University