Cannon College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology Overview

Do you like working with others and helping people one-on-one to change behaviors or teach life skills? Is the field of human services attractive to you? These are some initial questions to consider when exploring a major in psychology.

Our program offers a diverse exposure to a wide variety of clinical, developmental and experimental approaches to the field of psychology. Graduates from this program can work in a number of human services organizations. And, since our program takes a broad look at the discipline, students are also prepared for careers in areas such as human resources and school counseling.
For additional hands-on learning, students can to take two intense research-related courses not offered in most other programs. They cover advanced critical thinking and research methods.
In addition, any student earning a bachelor’s degree in the program will be fully prepared for graduate school.




Jay Wilder
Associate Professor of Psychology & Department Chair

Licensed Psychologist

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Classes of Interest
Human development
Organizational psychology
Gender identity development
Child psychology
Industrial/organizational psychology
Clubs & Ensembles
Psi Chi Honor Society 
Psychology Club
Practicums in human services available
Residential treatment facility intern
Juvenile Justice
United Family Services
Local non-profit agencies
Cabin Counselor, Camp TonaWandah, Hendersonville, N.C.
Research Projects
Depression, Locus of Control, and socialization in Nursing Home Residents
The Rules of Attraction: The Idea of "Becoming Similar" to Attractive Others
Conditional Misinformation in Eye Witness Memory
The Relationship Among Cognitive Complexity and Personality Characteristics
Career Opportunities
Human Services/Human Resources
Youth programs
Work with school psychologist
Social work
Residential treatment facility worker
Medical patient representative
Office client representative in District Attorney’s Office
Our Graduates
Jessica Hylton, director of wellness and counseling, Wingate University
David Merrill, residential treatment facility intern, Eliada Homes, Inc.
Joy Jones, social worker for Rehabilitation and Nursing of Monroe
Kyle Gagnon, grad school student, College of William and Mary
Eric Richardson, director of high school and college relations, Sandhills Community College
Mandy Brown, adult home specialist, Wilkes County NC Dept. of Social Services