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Description of Major
The psychology curriculum focuses on understanding the scientific method and applying it to the problems of the behavioral sciences and individual and social human behavior. It provides students with basic methodological skills, practice in applying these skills, and an introduction to core areas of psychology. The courses meet the needs of liberal arts students as well as students planning to specialize in one of the fields of psychology at the graduate level.

A liberal arts education and study in a particular major will lead to the acquisition of a group of skills which enable one to solve problems, communicate effectively, and perform complicated tasks. These skills are essential in any career. The following is a list of important and commonly agreed upon career skills identified by UMM faculty as a part of the project to Improve Public Understanding of Liberal Learning (IMPULL). The skills are those which all or most students are likely to acquire through classroom instruction, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities. These skills are likely to be acquired regardless of major or discipline:

Leadership/Management Skills:
- conceptualizing
- applying data
- organizing
- selling, promoting, negotiating,
- analyzing
- identifying problems and needs
- managing time, energy and resources
- ability to identify priorities and
- ability to work self-directedly
- making decisions
- setting goals
- initiating projects or ideas
- identifying the critical issues and making
decisions quickly and accurately


Communication/Writing Skills:
- comprehending written material
- ability to listen objectively
- ability to summarize
- writing factual material clearly and
- writing effectively
- ability to describe objects or events with
a minimum of factual errors
- ability to report accurately


Instructing/Educational Skills:
- ability to teach a skill, concept, or
principle to others
- the ability to instruct
- the ability to teach a skill, concept, or
principle to others
- the ability to explain


Research/Analytical Skills:
- analyzing and evaluating ideas and
- ability to apply appropriate methods to
test the validity of data
- sorting data and objects
- compiling and selecting information
- ability to gather information
- ability to review large amounts of
material and extract the essence
- using a variety of sources of information
- analyzing the interrelationships of
events and ideas form several perspectives
- ability to apply information creatively to
solve specific problems
- ability to formulate questions to clarify a
particular problem or issue
- ability to perceive and define cause and
effect relationships
- using library and research facilities


Jobs Obtained by Psychology Science Graduates
Studies conducted by the UMM Career Center have shown that graduates obtain jobs that are both related to their major and jobs that may not be formally related to the major. Over 67% of the psychology graduates from 1964-1998 said their job was in the same field or related to their undergraduate major. Other studies have shown that liberal arts graduates find employment that makes use of their skills, special knowledge, values, and interests, even though the employment field may not be related to their academic major. Listed below are some jobs obtained by UMM psychology graduates:

Accounting Officer
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Program Director
Affirmative Action Administrator
Air Traffic Controller
Auditory Researcher
Banking Analyst
Behavior Analyst
Career Counselor
Case Manager
Childcare Provider
Child/Family Therapist
Child Support Officer
Church Youth Director
Claims Examiner
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Social Worker
College Administrator
College Instructor
College Placement Director
College Student Advisor
Commodity Manager
Community Trainer
Complex Case Coordinator
Computer Programmer
Computer Trainer
Configuration Management Specialist
Corrections Officer
Credentialing Coordinator
Customer Service/Sales Support
Data Entry Specialist
Daycare Provider
Direct Care Provider
Developmentally Disabled Adults Designated Coordinator
Document Release Rep.
Education Administration
Educational Researcher
Education Sociologist
Emergency Services Therapist
Employee Benefits Specialist
Employment Counselor
Family Therapist
Finance Officer
Financial Aid Officer
Financial Analyst
Financial Services Director
Financial Systems Analyst
Financial Systems Planner
Fraud Investigator
Fundraising/Communications Assistant
General Manager
Genetic Counseling
Grants Development Admin.
Group Home Coordinator
High School Counselor
Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Specialist
Information Technology
Instructor for Mentally Retarded
Insurance Underwriter
Internet/Intranet Coordinator
Juvenile Sex Offender Counselor
Lab Technician
Loan Pricing Specialist
Market Researcher
Marketing Specialist
Marriage and Family Therapist
Marriage/Children Therapist
Medical Clinic Manager
Medical Researcher
Mental Health Counselor
Mental Health Director
Music Teacher
Nursing Assistant
Nursing Home Administrator
Office Manager
Operations Manager
Order Clerk
Parish Administration
Performance Administrator
Physical Therapist
Physician’s Assistant
Policy Analyst
Pre-K Teacher
Product Research Manager
Professional Counselor
Program Coordinator
Programmer Analyst
Project Assistant
Project Manager
Psychiatric Social Worker
Public Relations
Public Relations Practitioner
Purchasing Agent
Outreach Youth Worker
QMRP Resident Counselor
Qualified Mental Retardation Professional
Real Estate Manager
Registered Nurse
Research Analyst
Research Assistant
Research Biologist
Residence Director
Residential Counselor
Sales Representative
School Psychologist
Security Counselor
Sign Language Interpreter
Social Worker
Software Consultant
Special Ed. Teacher
Speech Clinician
Student Personnel Worker
Studio Art Assistant
Supervisor, Claims Examiner
Systems Analyst/Info Systems
Teacher's Assistant
Technical Support Rep.
Training Specialist
Transitional Specialist
Treatment Coordinator
Video Store Owner
Visiting Lecturer
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Volunteer Coordinator
Youth and Family Coordinator
Youth Minister
Youth Programming Supervisor
Youth Recreation Programmer

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