What Classes Do You Take In College To Get A Psychology Degree?
"I’m considering a degree in psychology because I’m really interested in human behavior. I’m wondering what types of classes I will be taking in order to get my Bachelor’s degree? Will it be mostly psychology courses or do I have to take a bunch of other classes too?"
asked by Ginny from Sante Fe, New Mexico
The course requirements vary from university to university. In order to get a Bachelor’s degree in with any major, you must take a certain number of general education classes. These are classes that do not pertain specifically to your degree, but they give you an increased level of general education. This is important because a person with a Bachelor’s degree is granted a certain level of respect and expected to have a certain level of wisdom in more areas than just their career field.
Also, you may change your career at some point in life and the information learned in these classes will provide a good foundation for any career.
General education classes include English, math, science, computer, and history. The classes will be similar to classes you’ve taken in high school; however, you will have even more choice in the type of class you take.
For instance, you may be able to choose between many different science courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or physical science. You may also be able to choose the type of history you are most interested in: American, European, Classical, etc.
Many schools have a psychology class included in their general education requirements as well. You will also have some electives which provide an opportunity to take classes in your area of interest.
Once you have completed those classes, you will focus more intensely on classes pertaining to your major, psychology. These classes will likely cover topics such as personality, human development, mental illness, cognition and learning, health, sex, research, and history of psychology. You will get a general overview of human behavior and the field of psychology.
You are limited in the jobs you can pursue with a Bachelor’s in psychology so you may want to pursue a graduate degree afterwards such as a Master’s in Counseling or a Doctorate in Psychology. The classes necessary to obtain these degrees will probably focus exclusively on the topic of interest.
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