The purpose of this study is to develop a testing instrument to measure how alumni will rate their undergraduate experience in the department of behavioral sciences on satisfaction and improvements that need to be made. The department of behavioral sciences needs this information to know what their graduates think of the program and what they suggest needs to be changed. Also to find out what their graduates are doing now and if their program was adequate in preparing graduates for the future rather it be for graduate school or a career. This present study is important to learn more information from graduates about improving the behavioral science department and what graduates are currently doing with their undergraduate degrees in either psychology or sociology.
What Graduates Are Doing Now
One study that looked at Psi Chi alumni found that most of the participants said they had been working full-time since they graduated but the fields they worked in did vary (). They also found that 72% of the participants reported that they were living on their own and were not receiving financial assistance from their families. A study conducted by Keyes and Hogberg found that most graduates had jobs but only 30% of the graduates they surveyed a job that was related to their degree in psychology (). The study showed similar statistics for both males and females. They also found that only 70% of the participants held advanced degrees. They did say that a possible explanation for so many graduates going into other fields is that a psychology degree is versatile.
Another study conducted by Keyes and Hogberg that looked at gender differences, course usefulness, postbaccalaurete education and career paths found that psychology majors had less trouble finding a job compared to political science majors and that psychology majors were less likely to have wished they had chosen a different degree compared to sociology majors (). A study that looked at career versatility with a psychology major that was conducted by Ware and Meyer (1981) found that more males went on to doctoral programs than females. Also, most of the participants had occupations in enterprising and social areas. There was no gender difference in the occupation choice. The study also indicated that males reported having a higher salary and income compared to female participants ().
Borden and Rajecki (2000) conducted a study that looked at...