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Psy­chol­o­gy & Fam­i­ly Science

Discover the necessary skills to become a good listener and a trusted counselor. Learn the mechanics of the mind and interpret unique stories. A career in psychology or family science can also work as a bridge to other careers, or even graduate school!

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Fast Facts

  • 4 degree options for majors and 3 minors
  • 1:3 One of three Certified Family Life Educator universities in OK.
  • 5-10 students presenting empirical research at annual conferences
  • 6+ annual inductions to Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology

Hands-On Research

Prepare for grad school with the challenge of an original empirical research paper that you’ll present to peers at a state conference. You also have opportunities to work with professors on independent research projects and connect with other experts in the field through an off-campus research practicum.

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Scientifically study the mind & behavior | families & relationships

Career Paths for Psychology and Family Science Professionals

Marriage and Family Therapist

Median Salary: $54,150

Social Work

Median Salary: $53,060

Survey Researchers

Median Salary: $63,240

Clinical Counseling

Median Salary: $85,340

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Psy­chol­o­gy to Neurosurgery

Meet OC alumni Dr. Charles Branch, a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Wake Forest University!

Hear about his journey of finding his calling in college, what made OC home for him, and how our renowned psychology department set him up for medical school!

Faculty Spotlight

When we say OC is Home, that OC is Family, that’s what it really is. Through good times, it’s easy to say those things, but through the hard times is when those things really come to life and really mean something.

Dr. Bobby Kern / Associate Professor of Family Science
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Career oppor­tu­ni­ties

  • Adoption Agencies
  • Advertising
  • College Admissions
  • Counseling
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Human Resources
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Medicine
  • Research
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

Choose the degree plan that works for you and take class­es like devel­op­men­tal psy­chol­o­gy, moti­va­tion and emo­tion, inter­cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and social psychology.

Degree Plans