What is a psychology degree?
To major in psychology is to deeply examine the science of mental processes and behavior. A degree in psychology involves taking classes in research methods and statistics, as well as coursework in core areas of the discipline (e.g., biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognition, development, health psychology, learning and social psychology).
Why study psychology at Furman?
Furman has one of the strongest undergraduate psychology programs in the country. Our curriculum offers the opportunity to survey the breadth of the discipline while also giving students a chance to look more deeply into areas of special interest to them. Dedicated professors who are also active scholars, small classes, well-equipped research facilities and Furman’s commitment to a liberal arts and sciences approach to learning are hallmarks of the program. With a degree from Furman, you’ll have the knowledge and hands-on experience to excel in graduate school or the job market.
How will you learn?
Our program combines exceptional classroom instruction with hands-on learning opportunities. Nearly all of our majors complete at least one engaged learning experience, including undergraduate research, internship or study away. Small class sizes give students increased access to professors who are among the best in their fields. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.
Careers for psychology majors
Employers consistently identify innovation, critical thinking and a broad skill set as the qualities they seek when hiring. As a psychology major at Furman, you will develop those skills along with a detailed understanding of human behavior – all attributes that are attractive to future employers and prestigious graduate study programs. Nearly half our graduates attend graduate school. Although a background in psychology will be an asset in nearly every field, psychology majors go on to rewarding futures in specific occupations such as:
- Mental health counselor
- Health care worker
- Researcher or data analyst
- School psychologist
- Medical scientist
- Human resource manager
- Marketing analyst
Featured psychology course
39graduating seniors in the department each year
100%majors who participate in research or internships
No. 6rank of Furman among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Southeast, according to U.S. News and World Report
With a psychology degree you will be well-prepared for the fields of psychology, medicine and health-related careers, social work, education, nonprofit service, human resources, marketing and many others. Nearly half our graduates attend graduate school, and other recent graduates currently work in organizations such as Children’s Hospital of Boston, the U.S. National Parks Service, Pfizer Inc., Windstream Communications, South Carolina Department of Social Services, Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to a recent study by Emsi, recent psychology graduates earned an estimated wage of $48,000 per year or higher, with a potential wage of $80,500 per year or higher.
It typically takes a student four years to earn a B.A. or B.S. in psychology at Furman.