Please review our frequently asked questions about the Business Psychology major.

How can I learn more about the Business Psychology major?

We'll have Information Sessions throughout the rest of Winter Quarter 2018 and during Spring 2018; these are the best way to learn more about the new major. Only students who have attended an Information Session will be eligible for individual advising or course planning prior to Summer 2018.   

Register now to attend a session!

Am I eligible to declare the Business Psychology major?

The Business Psychology major becomes an active major the first day of classes of Fall 2018. Unfortunately, students may not declare this major prior to registering for Fall 2018 (as it is not an available undergraduate major yet). If you are interested in the Business Psychology major, you can review the major worksheets and begin taking courses that count towards the major.

To declare the Business Psychology major, you need to:

  1. Be a matriculated, undergraduate UC San Diego student
  2. Enroll and complete at least one UC San Diego academic course during the Fall 2018 quarter

To complete and graduate with a Business Psychology major, you need to:

  1. Complete all the course requirements as outlined for the major

What classes should I consider taking to start completing requirements for this major?

We encourage students to review the course requirements on the Business Psychology major worksheet. We recommend pursuing lower division and upper division Psychology Core requirements during Spring 2018. However, it is not mandatory to take any of the major courses prior to Fall 2018.

Spring 2018 Recommended Classes:

  • PSYC: 2, 60, 70, 104, 129, 137, 151, 162, 178
  • MGT: 16, 18, 103, 105, 106, 117, 121A, 121B, 128, 129, 164, 172, 173
Summer 2018 Recommended Classes:
  • PSYC: 2, 60, 70, 104, 105, 130, 137, 157, 162, 178
  • MGT: 16, 18, 103, 121A, 129, 164, 172
Students should consider taking Lower Division courses first, then Core and Business classes, and lastly Electives/Research.

I'm a graduating senior. How do I declare this major?

Congratulations! We're glad to hear that you are close to graduation. The Business Psychology major will become active in Fall 2018, therefore, if your graduation quarter is prior to Fall 2018, this major will not be available. If you have an interest in psychology and business, we recommend considering our B.S. in Psychology with a Specialization in Social Psychology and a Business minor. Both of these plans are active and available to students now.

Can I double major with Business Psychology?

Students may double major with Business Psychology and another major outside the Psychology Department. Students may double major in the Business Psychology major and the International Business major or the Business Psychology major and the Management Science major. Note: Students may only overlap 2 UD courses between two majors. 

Students may not double major with Business Psychology and another Psychology major (e.g., Psychology B.A., Psychology B.S., Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology B.S., etc.).

Can I declare a Business Psychology major and a Business Minor?

What are the goals of the Business Psychology major?

The purpose of the major is to engage students in the applied science of Business Psychology. This major is administered by the Psychology Department and includes classes offered by Rady School of Management.  

The objectives of this major include:

  • Providing robust curriculum that gives students the skills to understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Aiding in the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  • Providing extensive statistical training and the application of research techniques to novel business problems.
  • Helping students to recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Allowing students to focus their studies on a functional area of greatest interest through elective options.
  • Expanding applied learning opportunities in the study of Business Psychology to widen the possible career paths for Psychology students.