About the Major

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The goals of psychology are to describe, explain, predict, and change behavior (observable actions) and mental processes (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and memories) through research and applied knowledge. Overall, the goal of psychology is to improve the quality of life. Specialities of IUPUI psychology faculty include psychobiology of addictions, health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, severe mental illness, stereotyping, and prejudice.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: communication skills, critical thinking, an understanding and appreciation of ethics and diversity, investigative and quantitative skills, and scientific methodology.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Life span development
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Introduction to counseling
  • Social psychology
  • Ethics and diversity
  • Research methods in psychology


Possible Careers

  • ABA therapist
  • Addictions counselor
  • Behavior analyst
  • Resource coordinator/manager
  • HR administrator
  • Life skills specialist
  • Marriage and family therapist*

*This career requires further education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Behavioral Analysis Center for Autism
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Diverse Talent Strategies
  • IU Health
  • Community Health Network
  • First Financial Bank

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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