This page will help you understand the ways your Psychology degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Psychology, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.
Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
CHSS drives our community forward in advancing cutting-edge research, impactful service, and critical competencies for today's global and knowledge-based economy. A CHSS education is essential in preparing Mason students to navigate complexity, diversity, and change.
Psychology is one of Mason’s most popular majors. Our majors gain knowledge about human behavior and about the process of research – students learn how to break problems down into parts, how to design processes that can provide answers, and how to use this information while working with a variety of individuals. Our students have access to world-renowned faculty with expertise in a number of areas, such as human development, neuroscience, human-computer interaction, work behavior and management, assessment and treatment of disorders, and more. Psychology majors have the opportunity to get involved in research at every level, which prepares them for many different career options. The types of skills and information that you will learn will help you not only find a career you love, but also advance and succeed in that career.
major psychological principles, and how to evaluate competing theories and synthesize information from diverse sources
various levels of the research process: as participants, research assistants, and designing and possibly implementing their own research ideas
social responsibility, professional ethics, and diversity issues will help to prepare them for positive interactions in and contributions to their workplace and community
behavioral theories and applications, resulting in interpersonal awareness and understanding of social communication and potential sources of interpersonal conflict
evaluate competing theories and synthesize information from diverse sources through exposure to major psychological principles
develop scientific reasoning and problem solving skills through engagement in the research process: as participants, research assistants, and through design and implementation of original research
communicate research results and understand others’ research findings using data analysis skills and research methods
employ strong interpersonal awareness stemming from their study of behavioral theories and applications, especially around social communication and interpersonal conflict