Psychology

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.

Students are encouraged to appreciate different approaches and points of view and to understand how clinical and laboratory methods supplement each other.

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.

Our recent graduates have obtained positions in mental health, education, research, and administration. Some continue on in graduate school in psychology or social work, and others have taken a completely different route such as environmental studies, writing, or politics. The 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 will serve them well both personally and professionally.

DEGREE OFFERED

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in psychology.

Psychology Major

Bachelor of Arts

The major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses).

PSY 100 General Psychology - 4 credits
PSY 301* Research Methods and Analysis - 4 credits
PSY 445* History and Contemporary Issues - 4 credits
At least two PSY courses at any level, except PSY 303, to meet the 32 credit requirement. JPS 270, PHIL 377 and SPST 340 can count toward this requirement - 8 credits
Three 300 or 400 level PSY courses, except PSY 303 - 12 credits
*Will not be accepted as transfer credit and may not be taken at a consortium school
Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in psychology – 32 credits

PSY 301 should be taken no later than the fourth psychology course unless a student transfers three or four psychology courses to Guilford. In the latter case, PSY 301 should be taken as the second psychology course a student takes at Guilford.

Of the remaining five courses, three must be at the intermediate or advanced level (300 and above). Majors should consult with their departmental advisors regarding the selection of their courses. Interested students are encouraged to consider the possibility of a double major. A list of alternative plans and detailed course sequences for pursuing a major may be obtained from the student’s advisor or any other member of the department.

Field experiences are strongly encouraged. Recent majors have received credit through internships for activities such as work in the community with autistic; with developmentally delayed and emotionally disturbed children; with the elderly; with children at the YWCA and a local shelter for homeless families; and with such organizations as Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford County, Moses Cone Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, Pathways Family Shelter, Triad Health Project and the Women’s Resources Center.

Similarly, the department encourages students to pursue their interests through independent studies in specific topics not offered as regularly scheduled courses. Should a student wish to undertake original research, the department offers assistance toward presentation of papers at professional meetings and/or publication. The department offers guidance toward graduate training.

Psychology Minor

Minor

The program in psychology emphasizes the contribution that psychology can make to a liberal arts education through stimulating intellectual development, personal growth, respect for others and social responsibility. The psychology curriculum is designed to familiarize students with current methods and theories in the many specialized areas of investigation in the discipline, such as biopsychology, sensation and perception, cognition, learning, personality, social processes, clinical and development.

Students electing a minor in psychology will identify a particular focus in the field, and, with the assistance of an advisor, select courses to fit that interest. Throughout the minor, they will be encouraged to appreciate different approaches and perspectives; to learn to observe psychological phenomena; and to recognize the role of multiple causation in the determination of human behavior.
The minor in psychology is not available to psychology majors.
Psychology minor requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
PSY 100 General Psychology - 4 credits
PSY 224 Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
PSY 232 Introduction to Personality - 4 credits

Two PSY courses at the 300 level or above, except PSY 303 - 8 credits
One PSY course at any level, except PSY 303 - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for psychology minor – 16 credits

In addition to completing the four courses approved by an advisor, students are required to write a three- to five-page statement about these four courses and submit it to the department chair; this statement should indicate the coherence of the particular courses taken, including some discussion of both the breadth of the material studied and the depth of the student’s special interests. The statement is to be signed by the psychology departmental advisor, who, in turn, submits it to the chair of the Department of Psychology. If the department chair thinks revisions are necessary, she or he will ask for them.

Psychology at Guilford

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.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

“The psychology education I received at Guilford will always have a strong, positive effect in most aspects of my life, especially in interactions with other human beings no matter their mental or physical capacity, economic status, ethnicity, or religion”
- Dawn Pugh ‘10

Internships & Service Learning

Many students complete an internship while they are at Guilford. Recent internship sites include:

  • The Center for Creative Leadership
  • Servant Leadership School
  • Vandalia Elementary School
  • Mental Health Association of Greensboro

Students who enroll in Developmental Psychology or Child and Adolescent Psychopathology complete service learning projects at local schools, day cares, and other agencies within the community. In doing so, they connect theories and concepts with real-life observations and experiences.

Research

Students in Developmental Psychology conduct research reenactments of influential studies including the visual cliff and strange situation.

Students complete research projects as part of our PSY 301: Research Methods and Analysis and PSY 445: History and Contemporary Issues course. Others do additional research through an independent study or Honors Thesis.

PSY 445 Students present their research at our psychology conference and some students also present their work at the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium.

Personal Change and Reflection

A variety of psychology courses encourage students to make connections between their personal experiences and psychological concepts and theories. For example, students enrolled in Introduction to Personality complete a comprehensive and integrative analysis of their own personalities using a number of different theoretical approaches.

Africana Change Program
The mission of Africana CHANGE is to empower youth and young adults by providing cultural, artistic, and educational programming, and to support them in developing their success as they become driven global leaders who understand the value of respect, the importance of social justice, and the power of celebrating the Black Diaspora. For more information, go to www.africanachange.com.

Principled Problem Solving
Students enrolled in Environmental Psychology apply theories and research from behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology to develop interventions to increase environmental responsibility on campus.

Psychology Faculty