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Psychology Tops List Of SDSU’s Most Popular Degrees Among 2013 Graduates

— A degree in psychology is the most coveted among San Diego State University's class of 2013, the university said Friday.

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San Diego State University offers bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas.

Here's a full list of the top 10 most popular degrees:

No. 10: B.S., Biology

Throughout their college career, these 166 students have had opportunities to participate in undergraduate research at SDSU’s Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center, the Coastal and Marine Institute and a number of other labs and facilities. Some of these graduates will continue the research they began at SDSU and become medical doctors, microbiologists, ecologists and academics. Others will go on to become physicians, dentists, pharmacists or veterinarians.

No. 9: B.A., Liberal Studies

Designed for future educators and administrators, this degree prepares its graduates to become superintendents, principals and teachers. The 168 students graduating with this major have participated in internships as well as study abroad opportunities designed specifically to enhance their degree experience. Many will enter credential programs with specializations in bilingual education and special education.

No. 8: B.S., Business Administration — Finance

As future financial managers and real estate professionals, these 168 graduates will not only become experts on the stock market, they will go on to advise corporate businesses and non-profit organizations. Using the resources of the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate and the Center for the Study of Personal Financial Planning at SDSU, their degrees have prepared them for responsibilities in financial management, administration of funds, protection of assets, tax administration and investor relations.

No. 7: B.A., Communication (Liberal Arts)

These 174 graduates will have earned a degree from one of the top communication schools in the country, some of whom have participated in SDSU’s national award winning Speech and Debate program. These graduates may go on to get their master’s degree through SDSU’s communications program, ranked No. 6 in the nation and No. 11 in the world by EDUniversal. These degree recipients will become directors of corporate communications, crisis communications consultants, researchers and community affairs liaisons.

No. 6: B.A., Political Science

With a critical awareness of political climate, global diversity and international relations, these 176 graduates have an important and influential degree. Many will go on to get their master’s degrees or launch careers in law enforcement. Some of these graduates will head to law school, studying to be lawyers and judges, others will go into careers in government service, international organizations and issue advocacy.

No. 5: B.A., Economics

The 176 economics majors know how to analyze the costs and benefits of decisions, whether they are made by governments, businesses or individuals. These graduates will go on to a wide array of careers in government, law, business, journalism, education and non-profits. They will also be able to provide consulting, analysis and counsel in every major job sector.

No. 4: B.S., Business Administration — Accounting

Having prepared themselves through the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy at SDSU, these 178 graduates will choose from careers in public accounting and financial management in business or industry. They are graduating from a program with a national reputation for its innovations in accounting education and its contributions to the fields of accounting, auditing and taxation.

No. 3: B.S., Business Administration — Management

Leaders and entrepreneurs by nature, 210 business management graduates have established skills in entrepreneurship, leadership, diversity, human resource management, employee and firm performance and ethics. Several of these graduates have participated in the Faculty-Student Mentoring Program in the College of Business Administration, which supports student engagement and development through undergraduate research, scholarship and creative initiatives.

No. 2: B.S., Criminal Justice

The nature of and responses to crime are important social phenomena that affect all of our lives. These 365 graduates have prepared for careers in federal, state and local law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections and other social service agencies. SDSU’s criminal justice program provides students with an in-depth analysis of all facets of crime, delinquency and crime control.

No. 1: B.A., Psychology

A total of 500 SDSU graduates will have studied human behavior and mental processes in the psychology major. SDSU’s Department of Psychology is in the top 10 in the U.S. for National Institutes of Health awards and second in California, helping to ensure faculty-student research. Several of these students have participated in the Student Research Symposium showcasing original research, scholarship projects or creative activities. Many of these graduates will go on to pursue a Ph.D., some through SDSU's joint doctoral program in clinical psychology with the University of California, San Diego which is ranked among the top 10 in the country by the National Research Council.

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Missionaccomplished | May 17, 2013 at 10:38 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Well this is a good compaion-piece to the other article about college grad job outlook. Our neighbor's daughter is a UCSD psych grad student, class of 2009 or 2010. She works as a security guard.

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Mmikey | May 17, 2013 at 11:16 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Useful in the advertising field to manipulate people.

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CaliforniaDefender | May 17, 2013 at 3:02 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm impressed to hear a psychology grad is actually employed.

Glad to know our public universities are making sure future security guards, garbage collectors, and burger flippers have a thorough knowledge of Freud.

Taxes well spent.

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Alex_Grebenshchikov | May 17, 2013 at 3:53 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Well, if they don't plan to get a PhD, my best advice would be to get an MBA or go to law school... that's about all I've got. Congratulations, you spent four years earning a degree that you can't use for anything other than fulfilling the requirement of having a four year degree for law school or the FBI or something.

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JeanMarc | May 17, 2013 at 5:44 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

No wonder people can't find jobs. Psychology? Really? Who in their right mind would think it was a good idea to spend 4 years and all that money on a degree in psychology? Did they even think about what they were going to do for work when they finished college? Or do they have the mentality of the occupy wallstreet crowd i.e. "I have a degree, therefore I deserve to get paid as much as the CEO!"

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bailarin | May 18, 2013 at 3:47 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago


You wrote;"Or do they have the mentality of the occupy wallstreet crowd i.e. "I have a degree, therefore I deserve to get paid as much as the CEO!""

After reading you comments I researched this comment of yours and found nothing to support it.

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muckapoo1 | May 19, 2013 at 7:34 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

They could have saved a ton of money and had 4 years of experience just by reading this post.
This is all you need to know to utilize your Psychology degree>>"Would you like fries with that?"

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A0110915 | May 23, 2013 at 7:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm flabbergasted that so many students are wasting their money on such degrees! It's no wonder that California is in such deep financial trouble and unemployment is so bad. Biology is the only halfway promising degree in the entire bunch. The others are niche fields that society already has entirely too many of. How much of California taxpayers' hard earned money is being wasted here, not to mention US taxpayers underwriting of student loans for many of these people. And then there are the social services we'll be obligated to pay later on when these people want to draw on the system for medical care, child care, unemployment, retirement support, medicaid, etc. Meanwhile, it seems that many of the productive Californians (the ones in fields where there are lots of high paying jobs) and their employers are leaving the state due to its high taxes. These SDSU grads may be left holding the bag.

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Missionaccomplished | May 23, 2013 at 8:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Are you seriousl A0110915??? What about Business Administration??? In fact, isn't that one of SDSU's strongest programs??? And isn't that among the most common major in private universities: National, U of P, etc. Mmmmaybe do a little more research?

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