From North Carolina to Norway
With the launch of the new Guilford Edge curriculum and the 3-week/12-week calendar, Maya had the opportunity to enroll in a 3-week course called “Prisons in the U.S. and Norway,” taught by Jefferson Pilot Professor of Justice and Policy Studies Sherry Giles and Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology Eva Maguire.
[Read more about the students' trip to Norway.]
The combination of Psychology and Criminal Justice is how Maya knew this course was for her. “It stood out to me not only because I got to travel abroad, but it really reaffirmed to me that I wanted to pursue a career that combines Psychology and Criminal Justice.”
During the course, she explains, students “spent the term touring, researching, and comparing three prisons in North Carolina to three prisons in Norway.” Maya and her peers also presented their research to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
“My group presented on the effects of solitary confinement on mental and physical health. The NCDPS was very enthusiastic to hear about Norway’s practices in hopes of bettering the prisons here in North Carolina,” she says.
Looking to her future, Maya plans to attend graduate school for forensic psychology, but is also open to wherever her path takes her.
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