Bachelor of Arts


Psychology prepares students for virtually any career that involves human interaction. It examines such topics as the nature of knowledge, justice, right and wrong, good and evil, persons, freedom, determinism, moral responsibility, beauty, art, and the nature and grounds of religious experience and belief.

Did You Know?

  • Psychology faculty work includes acclaimed, ongoing, interdisciplinary studies of character and honesty. The Honesty Project, for example, aims to answer questions surrounding the consequences of dishonesty.
  • Within recent graduating classes (2019-23), Psychology ranks sixth in popularity among all majors and fourth in Wake Forest College.
  • A total of 150 graduates ultimately declaring their primary major in Psychology have made at least one presentation of their work over the past 12 celebrations of Undergraduate Research Day (2010-19, 2021-22). That represents the second-highest total of any major.


Sample courses for students studying Psychology include:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Learning Theory and Research
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Perception

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Practical Experience & Skills

A major in psychology provides students with a strong foundation of theory and research across various areas of psychology; along with the methodological, laboratory, and statistical skills needed to understand and contribute to psychological research. In addition, directed study and honors program opportunities allow students to work directly with faculty members on research.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Able to gather, interpret and explain scientific research
  • Decision making
  • Propensity to assist others
  • Awareness of how people think, solve problems, and process information
  • Perform statistical analyses
  • Design and conduct research projects
  • Write proposals and reports
  • Understanding of human learning and memory

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Clubs & Organizations

Psychology students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Psychology Club
  • Neuroscience Club

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Psychology majors include:

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Art/Music Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Counselor
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Hospice Coordinator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Media Buyer/Planner
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Physician
  • Psychologist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Consulting and marketing are among the most common career fields of recent Psychology graduates, but the major sends students into a wide variety of sectors, including law, education and social work.

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Related Programs

Those who are interested in Psychology also consider the following programs:


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