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What is majoring in Psychology like?

I'm currently interested in Psychology. What are some standard knowledge I should know.
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Thank you comment icon I chose psychology as my major because the topic was always interesting to me, since I was a child. I always wanted to know a lot about people's insides--what they are thinking, why are they thinking a certain way, etc. Basically, I wanted to know what made people "tick." As far as the fundamentals of psychology, it may vary from school to school, but it usually consists of abnormal psychology, adolescent psychology, basic psychology terms, geriatric psychology, etc. As you go further in your studies, the classes become more specific. A few math and English classes were required. I also had to do an internship (capstone) for psychology but every school does not require that. Laeki Hester

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Laeki’s Answer

Hi Rondhel!

I chose psychology as my major because the topic was always interesting to me, since I was a child. I always wanted to know a lot about people's insides--what they are thinking, why are they thinking a certain way, etc. Basically, I wanted to know what made people "tick."

As far as the fundamentals of psychology, it may vary from school to school, but it usually consists of abnormal psychology, adolescent psychology, basic psychology terms, geriatric psychology, etc. As you go further in your studies, the classes become more specific. A few math and English classes were required. I also had to do an internship (capstone) for psychology but every school does not require that.
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Samantha’s Answer

Hey Rondhel,
Majoring in psychology has been a whirlwind. I have transferred to three schools (majoring in psych in each). No matter the curriculum, I have found the majority of professors to be engaging and most of the material to keep my interest. I find that using cheggs and study tools have been extremely helpful. It is a lot of work depending on what you want to do to take this path, but if you are interested definitely do it! :D
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Jeanna’s Answer

Hi Rondhel!

The specific courses and timelines for psychology majors may differ from school to school. So I would definitely recommend speaking with your school's psychology department advisor and/or a general academic advisor. They can talk to you about psychology courses, major requirements, and possible career pathways. I would also recommend joining a psychology-related club on campus if that's available to you. Talking to students who are like-minded and have similar interests can help you think about all the possibilities as a psychology major.

When I was an undeclared/exploratory student in college, I started off with speaking to an academic advisor. I took an Introduction to Psychology course to fulfill a graduation and general education requirement. I ended up really loving it and became more curious about majoring in psychology. There are many branches of psychology so the introduction course gave a great overview. I spoke with a psychology department's advisor to learn about how I can become a psychology major and the courses I'd need to do so. Everyone's educational path is different, but I would recommend reducing as much uncertainty as possible by speaking with advisors and/or even setting up a time during office hours to speak with a psychology professor to learn about their journey.

I'm biased because I have a degree in psychology, but I have to say, it's a great major. I got to learn more about yourself and the people around me. Studying was also very fun because the topics learned in psychology are easily applied to everyday life. Generally, if you're curious about the human mind and how it works, that's a great start. As for the standard/required courses you'll need to take to become a major, I would again recommend speaking with an advisor for that :)

Best of luck!
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