94% of psychology graduates are employed and 45.3% of psychology graduates earn a graduate degree.
Psychology majors have the opportunity impact the community at 11 applied pratica sites around Atlanta or engage in research with our over 50 faculty members.
Psychology students are prepared for potential careers in a variety of fields, including clinical and counseling psychology, human services/HR, behavioral and biological research, statistics, and even law or medicine.
The undergraduate program in psychology offers a variety of exciting opportunities to enhance your education. Students have access to applied and research practica, an active Honors Program, and Presidential Assistants Program for advanced training in behavioral and psychological research. The Georgia State chapter of Psi Chi also offers psychology majors and minors access to national and international resources for research, internships, and education.
Psychology is the science of the behavior of humans and animals. The topics of investigation range from the life sciences to the social sciences, and applications occur in clinical, industrial, community, and other social contexts. Psychological knowledge contributes to the understanding of experience and behavior and to the formation of optimal personal relations.
Students must take a foreign language and six additional hours from courses in Area E. (See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors," previously described.)
Students in both programs can pursue the following two options:
- General Program in Psychology
- Concentration in Community Psychology
Students in the bachelor of science program can also pursue a third option:
- Concentration in Pre-Medicine
Students who wish to minor in psychology must take 15 hours in courses in psychology including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in psychology may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. (A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.)
Community Psychology is an area of psychology that aims to apply psychology toward improving the well-being of human groups. An ecological perspective, a prevention orientation, and an appreciation of diversity characterize this area. Often community psychology takes the form of "action research" in which knowledge gained from basic research or psychological theory is applied in real-world settings. At other times it takes the form of relatively more basic research on social problems or community functioning. The concentration is most appropriate for students who want to apply psychology theories and methods to solving social and environmental problems, such as drug abuse, homelessness, and violence. The curriculum should prepare graduates either to pursue graduate education in community psychology or to work in community-based organizations.
Students interested in attending medical school are advised to consider the pre-medicine concentration. Those wishing to pursue this concentration should be aware that the requirements will differ from those listed in the regular psychology curriculum.
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Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
Urban Life Building
140 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083