(Closed) Which Major??

posted 5 years ago in College
  • poll: Which major?
    Psychology : (35 votes)
    46 %
    Criminal Justice : (41 votes)
    54 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Are you going for your bachelor’s? Or grad school? Because most of the time an undergrad degree in Psychology basically requires a master’s degree or higher to actually get a job. I’d say pick the one you feel most strongly about, but don’t discount the logically most diverse degree for you so you can get a job after you graduate.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Omgbunnies:  If you want to work in a nonprofit or domestic violence shelter, then I would recommend Psychology. It is more broad and will give you a basic undestanding of human emotions, development, counseling, etc. Criminal justice would serve you better if you want to go into law enforcement or something similar.

    Honestly, your specific degree does not always translate to a specific job. That’s ok because a lot of jobs/careers these days just “require” a degree.

    If you have a specific career/job in mind, then it is easier to align a major with it. But it is not the end of the world if you have a degree that does not match up with something specifically. You can go to grad school later or start in a job and work your way up.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Omgbunnies:  Then I would recommend going the Psychology route. It’s a great foundational degree for the nonprofit sector. I work in the nonprofit sector (been in it for 7 years) and I double majored in graphic design and psychology. Does it specifically prepare you for certain jobs? No. But you can speak about your understanding of individuals going through crisis more so if you have some background in it. You would also have a better shot at internships during college at places like the YWCA.

    Post # 8
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Are you willing/able to go to grad school? I feel like I don’t know anyone who has a psych degree that actually got a job in the field with just a bachelors. They all tried to get jobs, failed, and then went on to get their PhDs.

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper

    @jayjaybee:  +1

    OP based on what you’ve said, I think psychology is want you want. 

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @crayfish:  It sounds like OP wants to work as an advocate or in an administrative role (given the nonprofit magagement grad comment), not a counselor or practicing clinician. You can do that with just a bachelors. So she would not necessarily face the same struggles as someone who is trying to for a specific psychology related job.

    ETA: FWIW, I double majored in Graphic Design and Psychology and I am gainfully employed in an administrative position in the nonprofit sector. Two of my other co-workers were also Psychology majors as well.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @crayfish:  +1. I even know several people with PhDs in Psychology, and they’re all unemployed.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Omgbunnies:  I majored in criminology and minored in psychology.  Honestly… Crim is a little useless.  It’s super narrow, and you could certainly learn law on your own.  It kind of just doesn’t have much credibility, as pretty much everybody *thinks* they’re an expert in criminal matters, the only edge I have is that I know more theories… big whoop.

    Specifically, for working in a domestic violance shelter i’d think a psychology/counselling concentration would be better suited.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I have a dual BA in psychology and women’s studies and have worked at DV shelters, but only in fundraising and development. All of the counselors had their MSW or a similar advanced degree. Is this job you’re aiming for only requiring a BA? If so, that’s awesome!

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    It might be helpful to look at some jobs you might be interested and see what types of qualifications/degrees they are looking for. Good luck!

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