Did you know that there was a way to get more out of your degree? While you may be majoring in Psychology, you can expand your knowledge base by adding either a minor or a concentration. As the world expands, most employers will want a varied skillset that can cover a wide variety of expertise. Getting a minor or concentration is a good way
Most minors are between 15-21 credits, and can be used to help cross train you in different disciplines. For instance, everyone need to know how to compose reports no matter what your plans is after graduation, so adding an English Minor (18 credits) is a good way to help hone those skills. Or, if you’re thinking of working with the government, a minor in Public Policy and Management (18 credits) with the School of Policy and Government can help introduce you to the theory and process of policy formulation within the government arena.
These are just examples, minors are here to help you supplement what you’re already learning in your psychology courses, and put some of those electives towards good use.
The Psychology Department also offers concentrations, so that you can focus on something within the field of psychology to gain a better understanding of an area in which you’re interested. These are designed to help give you a specialized look in an area of psychology and give you a more marketable knowledge base when looking for a job or graduate school, post-undergraduate career. For instance, if you’re interested in doing more in schools, we offer an Educational Psychology concentration, designed to look at how schools and the developing mind work together to help students. This would be a good pathway into going for getting a Master’s degree in School Psychology, offered by the College of Education and Human Development. There is also the Work/Organizational Psychology Concentration that focuses on how businesses work, which would be useful if you would like to work in consulting. Concentrations can give our students a better understanding of what it means to study the broad field of Psychology.
Conversely, if you are not majoring in Psychology a minor in any of our psychology fields may help. We offer a minor in Health Psychology (18 credits) that would be good for anyone going into health policy, nursing, or many other fields that would benefit from knowing how the brain is responsible for making sure that people remain healthy. We offer a minor in Forensic Psychology, which is perfect if you’re an aspiring crime writer looking to add a little depth to your characters.
These can help supplement what you are already learning with your psychology degree, and give you more useful skills employers will be looking for in your chosen field. You can find a full list of our concentrations and minors at psychology.gmu.edu.