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The Psychology Major's Handbook, 4th Edition

  • Tara L. Kuther
  • ISBN-10: 130511843X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305118430
  • 304 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2006, 2003
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

This handbook, by Tara L. Kuther, offers undergraduate students the information they need to make informed decisions about whether to pursue psychology as a major and career, as well as guidance to help them succeed as psychology majors. The first chapter introduces students to the scope of psychology and the subspecialties within the field. The second chapter helps students assess their skills, abilities, and interests in order to choose a major. Subsequent chapters help students succeed in college by offering study tips as well as guidance on how to write literature reviews and empirical papers, and by encouraging them to take an active role in their education. Career opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels are presented along with concrete advice for students who wish to apply for jobs after graduation and/or apply to graduate school.


  • This practical guide provides information on everything a psychology student needs to know in order to graduate, find employment, and/or go to graduate school. The handbook includes current data on careers available to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree holders in psychology.

  • Quizzes, exercises, checklists, and prompts help students apply the material, and can be assigned as in-class or out-of-class activities.

  • Use of the Internet and technology is discussed throughout to reflect the needs and practices of today's students.


"A brief, complete and very useful guide to successfully navigating the undergraduate psychology major and making decisions about further education and careers."
— Tamara Daily, University of Mount Union

About the Author

Tara L. Kuther

Tara L. Kuther, Ph.D., studied developmental psychology at Fordham University. Dr. Kuther is Professor of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University, where she teaches courses in child, adolescent, and adult psychology. She is a Fellow of the Society for Teaching of Psychology, Division Two of the American Psychological Association, and is active in the Society for Research in Child Development and the Society for Research on Adolescence. Dr. Kuther is the author of over a dozen books in addition to THE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR'S HANDBOOK.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Psychology?
2. How to Choose a Major: Is Psychology for You?
3. Take an Active Role in Your Education.
4. Study Tips: Tools for Academic Success.
5. Writing a Literature Review.
6. Writing an Empirical Paper.
7. What Can I Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?
8. Finding a Job with Your Bachelor's Degree.
9. What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree in Psychology?
10. Applying to Graduate School in Psychology.

New to this edition

  • A new feature, Real Tips for Real Students, provides practical suggestions and advice about a multitude of topics to help students work more efficiently towards their degrees. Examples include reference management with apps and software such as Mendeley and Zotero, using time management and to-do apps on mobile phones, whether and how to email professors about grades, the importance of keeping an open mind, and looking beyond job titles (which can be misleading) when seeking employment.
  • End-of-chapter Reflection Prompts encourage students to consider how the core content applies to them and what actions they might take.
  • Additional exercises and writing prompts help students apply the material and consequently engage in an active learning experience.
  • This edition includes a minimum of eight opportunities for assigning student writing as in-class or take-home assignments.
  • Chapters on careers in psychology are reorganized and streamlined to emphasize the many settings in which psychology majors work and the generalizable skills relevant to each setting.
  • New coverage offers insight into the impact of the Internet on job hunting and what to do about it (e.g., how to create a LinkedIn profile and how to analyze and clean one's social media profile).