College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Undergraduate FAQs

Here you will find the most commonly asked questions regarding undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology. If you have advising questions please email:


  1. Q: What can you do with a Psychology Degree?
    Listed below are just a few of the possibilities for employment once you receive your degree:
  2. Advertising Copywriter
    Advertising Manager
    Affirmative Action Officer
    Alcohol Counseling
    Clergy Member
    Community Relations Officer
    Consumer Affairs Director
    Customs Inspector
    Daycare Center Supervisor
    Director of Volunteer Service
    Health Educator
    Laboratory Assistant
    Management Trainee
    Manager/Employee Welfare
    Market Research Analyst
    Media Buyer
    Newspaper Reporter
    Opinion Survey Researcher
    Personnel Administrator
    Personnel Manager
    Placement Director
    Police Officer
    Prisoner-Classification Interviewer
    Probation and Parole Officer
    Psychiatric Assistant
    Public Relations Representative
    Public Statistician
    Recreation Director
    Sales Representative
    Scientific Instrument Salesperson
    Social Worker
    Technical Writer
    Urban Planning Officer
    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

    Remember that this is just a brief list of the opportunities that abound!  Talk with a Psychology Faculty Member about career options.

  3. Q: Is Psychology the right major for me?
    Psychology degrees from Washington State University prepare students to enter the job market in a wide variety of fields when teamed up with an adequate minor. Keep in mind your future goals when choosing a degree. The program is designed for those who: (a) wish to study psychology as part of a liberal education; (b) plan to use their training in related vocations such as the professions, governmental organizations, business and industry, and psychological services; and/or (c) are preparing for graduate work in psychology.
  4. Q: What is the difference between clinical and counseling psychology?
    Clinical and counseling psychologists engage in similar activities, including practice, research, teaching, consultation, and administration.

    Clinical psychologists tend to work with more severely disturbed populations, whereas counseling psychologists tend to work with less pathological populations and conduct more vocational assessments. Thus, clinical psychologists are more likely to work at settings such as inpatient hospitals and VA centers, whereas counseling psychologists are more likely to work in university counseling centers.
  5. Q: What should I do if I plan on going to graduate school?
    To prepare for graduate school you should work closely with a faculty member. Graduate schools typically look for students who have: (a) research experience and clinical experience; (b) GRE scores above 1100; (c) grade point averages above 3.0. In addition, some students find it beneficial to get experience through a practicum (working in the community).
  6. Q: How can I find out about research and TA opportunities within the Psychology Department?
    For research opportunities, almost all faculty members in the Psychology Department have undergraduate research assistants. Check out the faculty web pages for the interest areas and then talk to the faculty member whose research most closely matches your interest.

    For TA opportunities, check with your advisor, she will have a list of instructors who have mentioned they would like a TA. Also, check out the bulletin board on the second floor of Johnson Tower by the elevators, where some instructors post opportunities.
  7. Q: Should I do a minor or a certificate?
    Before choosing a minor or a certificate, evaluate your future goals. Do you want to work with children? If so, a Certificate in Abnormal Child Psychology is a good option. Do you want to do some sort of counseling? Then a Certificate in Helping Skills is for you. If you would like a general understanding of psychology, perhaps a minor is your best choice.
  8. Q: Are there summer internships for undergraduate students?
    The Psychology Department does not offer internships during the summer. There are sometimes research and TA opportunities during the summer.
  9. Q: Advising – when and how does it work?
    Before you can register each semester, you must meet with an advisor. Advising takes place in April (for Fall registration) and October (for Spring registration). Watch your email and the whiteboard outside of the main Psychology Office for dates and times.
  10. Q: What are the certification requirements?
    To certify for the BS in Psychology, you must complete Psych 311 with a ‘C-‘ or higher and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. To certify for the BA in Psychology, you must have a total of 24 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  11. Q: What should I do if I have a complaint about my advisor?
    Students having complaints about advising should refer them first to the advisor. If the complaint is not resolved, then the student may refer the complaint, and the remedy sought in writing to the chairperson of the department to which the advisor reports. In the of Division advisors serving more than one department, the student must communicate with the chairperson of the program for which he/she is being advised. The chair's decision shall be rendered within 20 business days. The University Ombudsman is available at any stage for advise or assistance in resolving advising complaints.
    For more information, refer to Student Support Services.
  12. Q: What should I do if I have a complaint about my mentor?
    Mentoring complaints must be directed to Student Support Services.
    - For complaints regarding instruction or grading, follow instructions for Academic Regulation 104
    - For petitions on Academic Calendar Deadlines, follow instructions for Academic Regulation 57
    - For petitions regarding Graduation Requirements, follow instructions for Academic Regulation 109


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