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Psychology Department

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Psychology explores the complex reasons for why people do what they do. Guilford College Psychology majors develop a sensitivity for these reasons behind human behavior, as well as an appreciation for different approaches and points of view. They are taught to understand how clinical and laboratory methods supplement each other while they develop rigorous habits of observation. They also learn how to avoid the simple explanation and recognize the role of multiple causes in the determination of human behavior.

Topics of study include Mass Media, Environmental Psychology, Psychology of Language, Sex and Gender, and Psychology of African Americans, among others. Students also have the opportunity to design an independent study or participate in an internship tailored to their personal interests.

Students learn through analytical writing, research, and hands-on projects, which provide skills that translate well into careers and graduate study. Recent graduates have jobs in mental health, education, research, and administration. Others have entered graduate school in Psychology or social work or have thrived by taking creative alternative career routes in environmental routes, including environmental studies, writing, and politics.


College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Psychology Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

“My relationships with professors who genuinely cared about me as a student and person promoted an environment where I could thrive. Guilford really does inspire a lifelong love of learning and a commitment to helping each student access and maximize their potential.”

Sara DeHart-Young '89
Psychology major, partner at Triad Counseling and Clinical Services
  • The bachelor of arts in Psychology explores the complexities of the human mind and behavior and requires 32 credit hours.
  • The minor in Psychology helps strengthen the depth of a liberal arts education.
  • The minor in Communications teaches students how to be effective communicators, giving them a valuable skill for their future workplaces.

Awards and Scholarships

The Psychology Department offers two outstanding student awards (one for traditional students, one for Center for Continuing Education students), as well as the Kathy Adams Research Methods Award. The Kathy Adams award is given each year to a student who demonstrates a solid work ethic and exhibits extraordinary skill and enthusiasm for research, as demonstrated by their performance in the Research Methods and Analysis course. Preference is given to students who in their junior year or earlier in order to give recipients ample time to conduct additional undergraduate research.

Psychology Department News and Events

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Pursuing Purpose

Pursuing Purpose

An outstanding student and inspiring campus leader, Dayna Bryden ’20 shares how Guilford helped her find purpose and a plan for her future.

Trusting Her Gut

Trusting Her Gut

After transferring from a large urban school, transfer student Kathleen Caspersen ’20 shares how Guilford invited her to feel fiercely curious and explore beyond her comfort zone.

Driven to Care

Driven to Care

Stephanie Byer ’16 found Guilford in Colleges That Change Lives — and immediately found that Guilford lives up to its excellent reputation.

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The Art of Helping Others

The Art of Helping Others

Lele Graves ’20 shares how Guilford has inspired her to use her talents in art and activism to help those in need.

Prisons, Partnerships, and Progress

Prisons, Partnerships, and Progress

Students collaborate with the N.C. Department of Public Safety and Norwegian prison officials to find solutions to improve the criminal justice system.

Guilford State of Mind

Guilford State of Mind

Psychology major Maya Brown ’21 knew from her first visit that Guilford was the school she wanted to attend. "It had a sense of community, and the College’s open-minded and accepting values made it stand out.”

Contact Us

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Sarah Estow

Sarah Estow

Associate Professor of Psychology

Chris Henry

Chris Henry

Associate Professor of Psychology

Julie Jacks

Julie Jacks

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Eva McGuire

Eva McGuire

Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology

Rachel Riskind

Rachel Riskind

Associate Professor of Psychology

Karen Tinsley

Karen Tinsley

Professor of Psychology