Psychology is the scientific study of how humans and animals adapt their behavior to the physical and social environments in which they live. Professionals within the discipline are active in a wide variety of interesting and useful roles. Some are engaged in human service occupations and work in hospitals, clinics, or private practice. Psychologists also teach and conduct basic research in colleges and universities. Others are concerned with areas such as testing, motivation, and performance, and work in various educational or industrial settings.
A Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology can prepare students for employment in such settings as community mental health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices, research laboratories, hospitals, and correctional programs. Many students go on to graduate study in psychology and related fields for additional training. An undergraduate major in psychology will also be valuable to students who are planning professional careers in law, social work, business, and other areas.