Success as a Psychology Major


David E. Copeland & Jeremy Ashton Houska



Success as a Psychology Major by David E. Copeland & Jeremy Ashton Houska


Success as a Psychology Major by David E. Copeland and Jeremy A. Houska is an essential resource for any student interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology. Built from the ground up with input from hundreds of psychology students, this First Edition answers every question a trepidatious undergraduate may have. 


Success as a Psychology Major opens with practical tools on how to be a successful student, walks readers through the psychology curriculum, highlights key skills to develop, and presents the various academic and career paths to take after graduation. Unique chapters on joining a research lab, professional organizations and clubs, documenting students' accomplishments, and practical tools for managing time and money provide students with resources they will use throughout their academic career. 


Presented in a modular format with a student-friendly narrative, this text is a step-by-step road map to a fulfilling and meaningful experience as a student of psychology.



Key Features



  • Provides an overview of essential topics and questions for every psychology undergraduate, including career options for those pursuing bachelor's, masters, and doctoral degrees.


  • Content designed based on the feedback of hundreds of psychology students and what they wish they'd known earlier in their undergraduate careers.

  • Coverage of unique and practical chapters on joining a research lab, professional organizations and clubs, documenting students' accomplishments, and practical tools for managing time and money.

  • Flexible, modular format chunks content into manageable sections for students and allows instructors to jump around as needed.











David E. Copeland is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He earned his PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He has published psychology research articles in journals such as Memory & Cognition, Psychology and Aging, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition and has co-authored several book chapters. He has been recognized with three teaching awards, an outstanding mentorship award, and an outstanding faculty advisor award (for the UNLV Psi Chi chapter). He has been the Undergraduate Director for the Department of Psychology and a faculty advisor for Psi Chi and has taught a variety of psychology courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In particular, he designed and has been teaching an Introduction to the Psychology Major course for psychology majors and minors at UNLV. In addition, he has supervised and mentored doctoral students who have gone on to careers in both academia and the private sector, has helped numerous undergraduates prepare for and gain admission into graduate school, and has also worked with students to help them find jobs or volunteer opportunities after completing their bachelor's degree. 


Jeremy Ashton Houska is Director of Educational Effectiveness at the University of La Verne. Prior to that, he enjoyed serving in a variety of roles including Vice President for Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Design, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology. His teaching has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award in 2009. He has taught a variety of courses in the psychology curriculum, including the Introduction to the Psychology Major course for first-year students and a section of Introductory Psychology specially designed for psychology majors. As an advisor to organizations such as Psi Chi, he partners with students to design opportunities that foster their professional growth and leadership development. He earned his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; MA in general-experimental psychology from California State University, San Bernardino; and BS in psychology from the University of La Verne.



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