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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
March 4, 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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