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Social psychology focuses on understanding cognitive and social processes that motivate humans' perceptions of and influences over other people and how that affects their interactions.

As a social psychology major, your curriculum will cover a number of subjects. Some areas include social cognition, personality and social behavior, emotion, attitude formation and change, social psychology and law, decision-making health and behavior, interpersonal relationships, subjective well-being, stress and coping, and culture. Most programs require research in the field, which can occur in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, or social services offices.

Those interested in becoming social psychologists generally earn a bachelor's degree in general psychology, which provides a solid foundation for further study. To be a successful social psychologist, students continue their studies at the graduate level, earning either a master's or doctoral degree.

With a degree in social psychology you'll have several career opportunities to pursue. Educational institutions, community organizations, learning centers, or government and private research centers offer a wealth of opportunities.

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