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About the Psychology Degree

What contributes to personality? What goes on in the mind of children as they grow and develop? What causes a criminal to commit a robbery or even a murder? Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior, and attempts to answer numerous questions like these. Psychology is a deep and exciting field, an excellent foundation for a variety of careers, graduate school, or professional school. Counseling, social service, criminal justice, even business and marketing fields are strongly based on the study of psychology. With a psychology degree, you’ll develop a good understanding of the human mind so you can make smart business choices or accurate predictions of how a person would act or react – both substantial benefits in any career. Get your psychology degree from Wayne State, and you’ll be prepared for any career related to human behavior.

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.


Hours required:
For major: 36
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120


Popular minors: Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Sciences, Spanish, Business Administration


School: Natural and Social Sciences


Department: Psychology and Sociology

Nationally Ranked Program

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019 - College Factual

No. 1 in Nebraska, Top 1% in the U.S.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019

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Best College for K-12 Education, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 1 in Nebraska; No. 9 in the U.S.

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018

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Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your psychology degree.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

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Skills Learned

  • Research and statistical methods
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Understanding how people think, behave, and feel
  • Understanding the role of the brain, genes, and hormones in thought, behavior, and emotion
  • Approaches to assess and treat abnormal psychology
  • Oral, written, and interpersonal communication 
  • Insight into group and organizational behavior 
  • Understanding of diversity and individual differences
  • Increased environmental, social, and cultural awareness
  • How to apply knowledge, skills, and ethics in real-world situations

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Possible Careers

  • Psychologist
  • Therapist / counselor
  • College professor
  • Consultant
  • Advocate
  • Social worker
  • Substance abuse specialist
  • Marketing specialist
  • Human resource specialist
  • Behavioral health technician
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Case manager or advisor
  • Research analyst

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Employers

  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Behavioral health clinics
  • Social services
  • Community organizations
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Research and consulting firms
  • Marketing firms

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 100% of the full-time faculty in this department holding the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

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Clubs and Organizations

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Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Psychology Degree

Opportunities

  • Research projects – Conduct your own research projects and present your work at area symposiums and psychology conferences.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master course content and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
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Internships

Before graduating with your degree in psychology, we encourage you to complete an internship in order to gain some field experience. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities in this field of study.

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