Study human development, personality, and the way humans act, feel, think, and learn. Be encouraged to discuss cultural diversity and ethical decision-making.

What You’ll Study

The Psychology program focuses on the development of writing, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills. Students learn key concepts and theories in cognitive, emotional, developmental and social processes along with research methods and strategies for psychological assessment. You’ll examine the developmental processes of childhood, adolescence and more. Study the topics of the structure and function of the nervous system and the physiological basis of perception, motivation, memory and selected psychopathological disorders.

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of employment settings and further graduate study.

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Psychology Program Overview

The psychology major emphasizes the development of writing, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills by providing the student with exposure to the basic areas of the discipline, including research design and analysis, human development, personality and psychopathology, social behavior, learning and cognition and neuroscience. Many courses in the curriculum encourage students to think about and discuss cultural diversity and ethical decision-making. The curriculum is also designed to prepare the student for further training in either graduate school or an applied setting such as social service.

Here are some highlighted courses included in the Psychology Major:

PSY 201 – Psychological Development in Childhood

An examination of the developmental processes of childhood. The topics include the maturation of perceptual and motor process, the development of social attachments and the emergence of cognitive functions such as memory and language.

PSY 202 – Psychological Development in Adolescence

An examination of the developmental processes of adolescence. The topics include the maturational changes of puberty, the shift in social attachment to peers and the emergence of the adult personality.

PSY 304 – Theories of Personality

A critical survey of various theoretical approaches to the study of human personality, including psychoanalytic, dispositional, cognitive, phenomenological and social learning perspectives.

PSY 226 – Research Design and Analysis I

This course is designed to introduce the student to research methods in psychology. Topics include: experimental and correlational research designs, library research techniques, the calculation and interpretation of descriptive statistics and ethical considerations in research. Students will write research reports based on experiments which are supervised by the professor.

PSY 319 – Physiological Psychology

A detailed review of the neural structures and physiological processes underlying human behavior. Topics include the structure and function of the nervous system and the physiological basis of perception, motivation, memory and selected psychopathological disorders.

PSY 322 – Conditioning and Learning

A detailed review of procedures and data related to the experimental analysis of behavior. The focus of the course is on identifying the variables that explain the origins and changes of behavior. Topics include classical and operant conditioning, constraints on learning, stimulus control and the learning and retention of verbal material.

What are the courses like in Psychology Major at NCWU?

Check out our latest university catalog for learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plans of study for NC Wesleyan University’s Psychology Program.

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Education in Psychology studies the way humans and animals act, feel, think, and learn. The set of skills learned can help prepare you for a variety of different careers. Psychology jobs often fall under the Human Services, Health Science, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career areas.

Career Options

Wondering what you can do with a degree from NCWU’s Psychology major? Check out these resources from NCWU Career Development & Leadership and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

Wesleyan is dedicated to assisting students in their professional development offering resources and guidance for hands-on learning experiences through internships, assignments within the courses and job search resources. Let us help you focus on your education and career at the same time!

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, NC Wesleyan University has a number of partnerships with other community colleges, universities and institutions that allow students to enroll at NCWU with simple pathways. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to NCWU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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