Why Psychology?

Psychology is one of the most popular university degree programs on campus, and there are several reasons for this. Psychology is intrinsically interesting. We like to study how and why people do the things they do. Psychology provides insights into all facets of human and animal behavior, such as interpersonal behavior (for example, attraction, aggression, compliance, prejudice), development, learning, cognition, abnormal behavior, and the mind-body relationship.

Psychology also provides access to a variety of careers. Psychology has been recently ranked in the top 10 highest demand fields. There is predicted to be a high demand for individuals with graduate degrees in several areas of psychology, such as industrial, social, and educational psychology. Additionally, an undergraduate degree in psychology provides access to many other graduate programs, including business, medicine, law, rehabilitation counseling, and special education.

Do I need a Graduate Degree?

If you do not get a graduate degree, psychology is still regarded by employers as highly relevant to many careers. This is because psychology provides students with many transferable skills:

  • Understanding human behavior
  • Collecting, recording, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Using library resources to help solve a problem or answer a question
  • Writing coherent, well-organized essays
  • Developing rapport at the group level
  • Tolerance for different values and backgrounds
  • Understanding and evaluating research findings
  • Designing and conducting surveys

What's the Accelerated (4 + 1) Psychology B.A. and Educational Psychology M.A. degree about?

Motivated and high-achieving students may seek to complete the requirements for the B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Educational Psychology in five years. To obtain both degrees, students must complete all the requirements for the B.A. described in the Undergraduate Catalog and all of the requirements for the M.A. described in the Graduate Catalog.

What is PSY 491?

PSY 491 is an experiential learning opportunity allowing students to observe and apply psychology in the workplace. General objectives of the course include learning and using the skills pertinent to the chosen site, interacting with professionals in the field, becoming familiar with the language, concepts and specific tools that are relevant to the field site, and connecting on-site experiences with the content of psychology coursework.

Full Program Details for PSY 491

Study Abroad

The School of Psychological Sciences encourages students to consider studying abroad. We recently have had students studying in South Africa, Spain, Korea, China, England, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. After deciding if study abroad is right for you and choosing a school to attend, share your plans with your advisor and get her/his approval for transfer of credits to the UNC psychology major.

Learn about Psychology Study Abroad Opportunities

Can I earn a Bachelors degree in Psychology online?

UNC is proud to offer one of our most popular undergraduate programs to you online: the Psychology Bachelor of Arts. A degree focused on the study of the human mind and behavior will give you the skills to thrive in a variety of roles. Learn why people do what they do, and how thoughts and feelings impact our interactions. More information on the Psychology B.A. degree completion offering is available at UNC Extended Campus.