Using Your Degree

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.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

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.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Applying what you've learned through the study of Psychology

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.

Psychology majors know...

  • 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

Psychology majors can...

  • 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