Why Psychology at Guilford?
“I appreciate the investment the professors take in their student’s learning. I felt that the department truly cared about my success as a student and a person”
- Katie Goodling ’10
Psychology students at Guilford are challenged to recognize the role of multiple causation in the determination of human behavior. Why do people do what they do? How do personality, culture, biology and ethnicity affect perceptions and behavior?
The psychology curriculum provides opportunities for students to investigate current methods and theories in personality, social interaction, learning, motivation, perception, and human development.
A student majoring in psychology can expect to develop rigorous habits of observation with reference to psychological phenomena; to develop statistical knowledge; and to grasp the often complex interplay of theory, observation, research and analysis.
The psychology program fosters critical thinking and writing skills that are valuable to a wide variety of graduate programs and careers. Our students gain insight into how people think and behave as well as an appreciation for individual and cultural differences. The knowledge and skills they acquire serve them well both personally and professionally.
Features of the Psychology Program
- Our curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in psychology while allowing some flexibility in the courses students choose.
- In addition to standard psychology courses offered by most colleges, we have some unique offerings such as Mass Media, Environmental Psychology, Psychology of Language, Sex & Gender, Boys into Men, and special topics courses.
- Students have the opportunity to design an independent study or participate in an internship to tailor the psychology curriculum to their interests and career goals.
- The program focuses on analytical writing and research skills. All our majors design, carry out, and write up their own research study and most conduct additional research for a course, independent study, or an honors thesis.
- Experiential learning is integrated throughout the psychology curriculum. Students can expect to get hands-on experiences and consider how to apply psychological theories to solve problems.