What Can I Do With a Major in Psychology?

Students who major in psychology examine behavior and mental processes using the scientific method and learn to apply this knowledge in real-world and laboratory settings. Students are exposed to a large variety of topics and methods within the field of psychology (breadth) and are required to take additional courses in one of several focus areas (depth). Senior majors must complete an empirical, research thesis, a community-based research thesis, or a theoretical review and integration.

-Bates Psychology Department


Bates grads have gone to a work in a host of career fields. Without graduate training they have entered careers such as:

  • Advertising/marketing specialist
  • Abused Women’s Advocate
  • Paralegal
  • High School Teacher
  • Admission Counselor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Clinical Research Coordinator

With Graduate training, alumni have become:

  • Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Genetic Counselor Trial Consultant
  • Lawyers
  • Public Health Epidemiologist
  • Social Workers

Graduate Schools

  • Boston College, PhD Counseling Psychology
  • Rutgers, Mini Masters in User Experience Design, UXD – Certification
  • University of Tulsa, MS Taxation
  • Simmons College, MBA Organizational Development
  • Harvard, M.Ed. Higher Education
  • American University, MS Organization Development
  • Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, PsyD
  • Columbia College, Chicago, Masters Dance Therapy and Counseling