At Sofia University, we offer both a Masters in Computer Science as well as a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology with a specialization in Computer Science. At first glance, you might not think psychology is even remotely related to computer science, but psychology is an essential component in creating technology as people are who create the computer applications and people are also who use the applications. In order for computers to be useful, programs and applications need to be intuitive, easy to use, and aimed at resolving problems or supporting our lives.
Have you ever been frustrated trying to figure out how to use an app on your cell phone or, conversely, loved an app because it didn’t take much time to figure out how to use it? This process is called human-computer interaction, and people who understand psychology are better at understanding how people think. This makes for better user experiences while using computers and technology, whether it’s a cell phone or iPad app, an Excel spreadsheet, or a complicated database.
According to psychology degree 411 there are many opportunities for a Computer Programmer with a psychology background. It might be surprising to learn that psychology graduates have opportunities in computer programming, but when the continual advances in user-friendly technology are considered, this career track makes sense to a growing number of students with a psychology background.
Computer programmers develop and execute programs for an end user or group of end users, and also work to improve and broaden programs that have already been built. Programming professionals frequently help write step-by-step user guides to new programs and features. The critical thinking skills and understanding of user psychology that psychology majors can bring to this field are especially helpful.
Some of the possible outcomes of your degree:
- Analyze users’ experiences to help make software appealing, usable, and useful
- Help develop software for rehabilitation technology
- Create new and better user interfaces
- Create new styles of games for education and fun
If you find yourself drawn to the world of technology, but also desiring to learn more about human behavior and development, this double major could be the perfect blend of interests for your future career. Plus, we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley, connecting you to the plethora of opportunities in this area.
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