According to the Wright State University website, the university I received my undergraduate degree from, the definition of the bachelor of science program in psychology is “designed to prepare students to pursue graduate work in psychology and other fields.” As I haven’t yet entered school to work towards a graduate degree, it would appear from first glance, that I have not utilized my B.S. in psychology. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In my current career as full-time mom and wife and part-time freelance writer, I use the knowledge from my degree every day.
The general education requirements of my bachelor’s degree included many basic courses including English Composition, Literature, and Math in the Modern World. My English classes have expanded my knowledge of language, and Literature introduced me to non-western works I may have never read otherwise. These classes reinforced my love of reading and writing. Math in the Modern World, although maybe considered a fluff course, helped me to understand loans, interest, and budgeting. In my life, I have found this information to be extremely useful when purchasing a home and managing investments.
Developmental and Child Psychology
Two of my favorite courses in psychology, Developmental and Child, gave me a head start on understanding my children. Understanding their brain changes at different levels of development helped me to choose activities that were not only fun, but stimulating as well. My psychology courses also assisted in my understanding of my own and others’ feelings and reactions to many events and changes in life. Part of the core of my bachelor’s degree, these two psychology courses have proved immensely valuable in my life.
Research and Methods
Although I did not enjoy the thought of what happened to my rat when his time assisting me in class came to an end, Research and Methods was an important aspect of my bachelor’s degree that extends in to my personal life and career. Understanding the way to train the rat, the methods used, and why the training works is very valuable in raising children. Of course, training rats is very different than raising children, but the ideas behind conditioning and responses is very helpful in parenting.
Learning and Possibilities
Pursuing and completing my bachelor of science degree in psychology has given me a strong sense of satisfaction. It has also provided me with vast amounts of knowledge that has aided me in parenting my children, understanding my family, and freelance writing. Going to college also allowed me to realize how much I did not know about the world and the infinite possibilities of life. It has inspired me to continue learning every day. If I desire a career change, I have no doubt my B.S. degree in psychology will prove valuable no matter the field I enter.
Wright State University Department of Psychology