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Where Can Psychology Take You?

A degree in psychology from Augustana College prepares you to succeed in a variety of careers. The opportunities for graduates are wide open because psychology as a discipline informs so many fields, especially combined with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences at Augustana. 

To aid your preparations for life after Augustana, all psychology majors take Basic Issues in Psychology (PSYC 300) in their junior year.  The purpose of this course is to take a careful look at your educational path in psychology, and to begin to make preparations for your final terms at Augustana.  You will tackle such questions as

  • What does it mean to be a "psychologist"?  What habits of mind reflect training in psychology?  In what ways do my personal values fit within the discipline?
  • What careers are available to me?  How do I make myself competitive for these careers?
  • Should I go to graduate school?  When? Where? How?
  • What else do I want to do in my life?  Will I volunteer?  Will I have a family? How will I live out my values?

Our graduates leave Augustana with diverse and exciting educational and career opportunities.  Check out just a few of the things some recent graduates have done. 

Graduate School

Spencer Campbell '10, Ph.D student in Cognitive Psychology at University of Illinois at Chicago, sharing his research and graduate school experience with current students.
  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Master's Degree in Counseling
  • Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Law School
  • Medical School
  • Master's Degree in Political Science
  • Nursing Degree
  • Degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy

Jobs and Employers

  • Family Resources, Social Services Agency
  • Quad Cities Autism Center
  • Teaching English in Asia (Japan, China, Korea)
  • Research/Lab Technician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • College Admissions Counselor
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Peace Corps and AmeriCorps
  • Youth Ministry
  • Business settings including sales, marketing, and human resources