Careers & Graduate School

Believe it or not, degrees in the liberal arts can actually make it easier to land a job. Each major within the School of Arts & Sciences carries with it a unique list of skill sets that more and more employers are saying they want. Across industries, employers look for a combination of skills, interests and values that match their own. Career Services offers more information about the competencies you can develop through coursework in the liberal arts.

Forget about scrolling through a list of careers psychology majors pursue. There are no rules. If you choose a major you’re passionate about, you are much more likely to discover and develop your own personal skills, interests and values that ultimately, will help you find a rewarding profession.

Skills You Will Gain as a Psychology Major:

  • Evaluating theory and evidence
  • Designing and conducting experiments
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Appreciating ethical implications of research
  • Presenting information effectively
  • Working with groups
  • Understanding multiple perspectives
  • Communicating effectively

Ready for Graduate School

Successful involvement in undergraduate research is one of the best predictors that a student will flourish in graduate school. As a psychology major at Richmond, the opportunity to conduct research side-by-side with faculty gives you a head start on the graduate school experience. Recent psychology graduates have pursued degrees at top programs across the country. If you think graduate school is for you, be sure to contact a faculty mentor to get started.