What is a Psychology Major?


What is a psychology major?

Psychology provides a strong liberal arts background and encourages development of:

  • written and oral communication skills
  • interpersonal skills
  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • computer skills

Students can enhance these skills and become more marketable through participating in internships, research experiences, and student organization/volunteer experiences.

Freshman psychology majors take PY103 Career Development in Psychology in order to learn about career options and investigate the career path that’s best for them.

What can I do with this major?

With an undergraduate (B.S. or B.A.) degree:
  • Psychology technician in a hospital or clinic setting
  • Health and disability services counseling
  • Community relations
  • Human resources
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Market research
  • Teaching (with state certification)
  • Retail and sales
  • Health care administration
  • Fundraising/grant writing
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Hospitals/health care providers
  • Businesses with sales, public relations, advertising, or personnel departments
With a master’s (M.S. or M.A.) degree:
  • Educational, vocational, or school counseling
  • Clinical health
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Art or music therapy (with art/music background)
  • Forensic psychology
With a doctoral (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) degree
  • Counseling psychology
  • Clinical psychology (child or adult)
  • Experimental psychology
  • School psychology
  • Sports psychology
  • Industrial/organizational psychology


  • Gain practical experience through part-time and summer jobs
  • Volunteer with local service organizations
  • Participate in an internship
  • Develop strong communication skills; learn another language to serve clients from diverse backgrounds
  • Maintain a strong academic record
  • Work with faculty mentors on research
  • Develop quantitative and statistical skills
  • Earn a minor in an area related to your career goals

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Melissa Odegard-Koester
Interim Chair, Department of Psychology
modegard@semo.edu or 573-651-2835


Center for Academic Advising and Career Services
careerservices@semo.edu or 573-651-2583


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Department of Psychology
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701