Famous People Who Majored in Psychology

Famous People With Psychology Degrees

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What do Natalie Portman, Hugh Hefner and Ted Bundy all have in common? No, this isn't the set up for a bad joke. What these three famous (or infamous) individuals have in common is that they all earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. Have you ever wondered if any of your favorite celebrities majored in psychology while in college? The following are just a few well-known individuals who were psychology majors.

Jerry Bruckheimer

Jerry Bruckheimer majored in psychology
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Before he went on to produce popular television programs and films such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cold Case, Top Gun, and Pirates of the Caribbean, Jerry Bruckheimer earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. His crime-related shows often portray psychologists, especially criminal psychologists, in an exciting and glamorized light.

Wes Craven

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Prior to becoming famous for his horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, and The Hills Have Eyes, writer and director Wes Craven earned a B.A. in English and Psychology from Wheaton College.

Gloria Estefan

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Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan is one of the world's best-selling artists, a seven-time Grammy winner with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. She was also a psychology major in college. Estefan graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in French.

Hugh Hefner

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Before he became famous as an adult magazine publisher, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner graduated with a B.A. in Psychology as well as a double minor in art and creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Guy Kawasaki

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Tech evangelist, venture capitalist, author, and blogger Guy Kawasaki may have honed his understanding for marketing early on when he earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. Kawasaki went on to become an advisor for companies including Google and Apple as well as the author of nine books.

Marcia Cross

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Marcia Cross was already an actress famous for her role on the primetime soap opera Melrose Place when she decided to return to school to study psychology. Cross enrolled at Antioch University Los Angeles in 1997 and graduated with a master's degree in psychology in 2003, a year before becoming a cast-member of another high-profile television series, Desperate Housewives.

Jon Stewart

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Jon Stweard, comedian, political satirist, and host of The Daily Show, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1984 with a B.A. in Psychology. Stewart was initially a chemistry major before he made the switch to psychology.

Ted Bundy

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Infamous serial killer Ted Bundy studied psychology at the University of Washington where he recieved his bachelor's in the subject.

Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern who had an affair with then-U.S. President Bill Clinton, graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 1995 with a degree in psychology. After the scandal that eventually led to Clinton's impeachment, Lewinsky eventually moved to London in order to study social psychology. Lewinsky graduated from the London School of Economics with a M.S. in Psychology.

Natalie Portman

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Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman has starred in such films as Star Wars, Thor, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Black Swan. Portman enrolled at Harvard University in 1999 and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 2003. 

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