Everyone is different — psychology students certainly know that. So do we. We understand that each student has unique needs when it comes to experiential and immersive learning opportunities, financial requirements, and school calendar preferences. You will have lots of options.
For example, if you’re in a hurry to finish up and get out into the real world, or on to your next level of education, the Degree in 3 program might be just the ticket. About 30 programs across the Ball State campus are part of this initiative that can shave a year off of the normal time it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree. You’ll take a full course load in the fall and spring semesters of three years, plus course work in two or three summers — then you’re done!
Our majors are required to take PSYS 295, Career Planning in Psychology and should do so early in their major. In this course, you will explore career options, learn about how to apply for jobs or graduate school, develop a curriculum plan, and learn which courses in the major (and which minors) best match your career goals.
As for real-world, experiential learning, that might as well be Ball State’s middle name. In addition to immersive learning experiences, undergraduate psychology majors have excellent opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom through psychology-related undergraduate internships. You can take up to 12 hours of internship credit, but you must be a junior or senior with a psychology grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50, and you must have completed certain prerequisite classes plus some electives.
The university’s departmental honors program, administered by the Honors College, is designed to recognize students who exhibit an outstanding level of academic achievement in their majors. Students receiving departmental honors are not required to be members of the Honors College.
If you think a teaching career is a possibility, consider giving it a try as an undergraduate teaching assistant. There are both paid and volunteer opportunities within our department, along with an ongoing need for tutors and supplemental instructors.
Finally, if you’re studying psychology, your career path may involve research. We provide undergraduate research assistantships to help you hone your skills in research. Beyond the great experience, you might be eligible for research-related scholarships and fellowships, awards and grants, and your research work might count for academic credit as well.