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The Psychology Major's Handbook

The Psychology Major's Handbook

Fifth Edition

March 2019 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Psychology Major’s Handbook offers students a wealth of practical information to succeed throughout their college journey—from choosing a major and learning how to study to writing papers and deciding what to do after graduation. Drawing on over 20 years of experiences, questions, ideas, and enthusiasm from working with students, best-selling author Tara L. Kuther covers topics relevant to all learners regardless of major, such as developing an active learning style, honing study skills, and becoming more self-aware. The handbook also addresses the specific needs of psychology students with guidance on the process of writing terms papers, how to read articles, and how to write APA-Style empirical reports. Thoroughly revised, the Fifth Edition emphasizes psychological literacy and pays particular attention to the role of technology and social media in students' lives.

About the Author
Chapter 1. What Is Psychology?
What Is Psychology?

Psychology’s Breadth

Myths About Psychology

Degrees in Psychology

Overview of The Psychology Major’s Handbook

Chapter 2. Choosing a Major: Is Psychology for You?
College Majors and Careers

How to Learn About Yourself

Choosing Psychology

Chapter 3. What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology?
Skills and Attributes Sought by Employers

Jobs for Psychology Majors

Learning About Careers

Match Your Training to Your Goals

Chapter 4. Take an Active Role in Your Education
Take an Active Role: Academic Advising

Get to Know Professors

Get Research Experience

Get Applied Experience

Get Involved in the Discipline

Chapter 5. Self-Management Skills
Attitudes, Beliefs, and Achievement

Time Management

Strategies for Efficiency

Chapter 6. Study Tips: Tools for Academic Success
Are You Prepared to Succeed?

Reading Tips: Improve Your Comprehension and Efficiency

Getting the Most Out of Class: Note-Taking Tips

Preparing for Exams

Test-Taking Tips

Chapter 7. Writing a Literature Review
What Is a Literature Review?

How to Select a Topic

Read and Record Your Research Material

Avoid Plagiarism

Write Your Paper

Chapter 8. Writing an Empirical Paper
APA Style: The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Structure of the Empirical Paper

Chapter 9. Finding a Job With Your Bachelor’s Degree
Applying for Jobs

Social Media and Your Job Hunt

Prepare Your Résumé


The Job Offer

Chapter 10. What Can I Do With a Graduate Degree in Psychology?
Why Go to Graduate School?

Graduate Degrees

Graduate-Level Careers in Psychology

Chapter 11. Applying to Graduate School in Psychology
What Is Graduate School Like?

Should You Go to Graduate School?

Selecting Graduate Programs

The Application

What Do Graduate Admissions Committees Look For?

The Interview

Application Outcomes


Short, easy to read, engaging for students and includes helpful activities in each chapter.

Dr Elizabeth Boerger
Psychology Dept., Slippery Rock University
August 13, 2019
Key features
  • A new chapter on self-management skills
  • An emphasis on psychological literacy
  • Attention to the role of technology, including social media, in students' lives
  • GRE content reflective of the 2017 format


  • Content applicable to students of all majors
  • Content tailored to the specific needs of psychology students
  • An emphasis on active learning through exercises and writing prompts

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