Students choose to major in psychology for many different reasons. Some students see the psychology major as the first step towards a career as a psychologist and plan to continue their studies in graduate school. Other students choose psychology because it fits into their more immediate occupational plans; majoring in psychology is a good way to start a career in social work as well as many other social service and public sector professions. Psychology is also often a first step toward careers in advertising, business, civil service, personnel/human relations, public relations or any other field that includes extensive work with people. Many psychology majors go on to law or medical school. Finally, many students major in psychology just because it is interesting and fun. (If you ask your instructors, you are likely to find most of them started in psychology because they simply enjoy psychology!) You may have chosen psychology for any one of these reasons, or for some combination of reasons; UMBC’s psychology major is flexible and designed to meet your needs. Whatever your personal and/or professional reasons, we welcome you to UMBC’s Psychology Department and look forward to working with you.
The Psychology major provides a firm foundation for students interested in graduate study and a range of careers and professions. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is designed for students with an interest in human behavior, social and community services, personality theories, developmental issues and a wide variety of other focus areas. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree focuses on an interdisciplinary approach and is designed for students with an interest in research and the biological aspects of human and animal behavior. The additional credits in biology, chemistry, mathematics, research and science-oriented psychology courses will enhance an undergraduate’s readiness for graduate study and careers in medicine, research, health care, public policy, law and a multitude of other fields. A Minor in Psychology is also offered.
Students majoring in Psychology (either B.A. or B.S. degree) may choose to complete a Concentration, which provides depth and breadth of knowledge in a particular area of Psychology. These specialized curricula are designed to prepare students interested in bachelor-level careers with skills that can enhance their occupational opportunities, and to provide training for advanced studies in these and allied areas. Concentrations are offered in Developmental Psychology, Human Services Psychology, and Biopsychology. Additionally, the department sponsors a University Certificate program in Psychology of the Workplace, which is open to all students.