“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.
“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.
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.