Psychology

ABOUT PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is one of the most popular majors at Wingate. Our new curriculum was designed with the help of experts at the American Psychological Association. Creative touch from nationally recognized professors like Dr. Jay Wilder allows students to explore the role of psychology in cinema, and hands-on learning complements what you do in the classroom. Intensive research further allows you to learn more about a particular topic while you put advanced critical thinking into practice. Internships allow you to get a sense of a psychology-related career.

Whether you major or minor in psychology, you’ll be exposed to four fields common in graduate schools:

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Counseling and clinical psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social applied psychology

 

OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

If you declare a major in psychology, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. You can earn nine hours of academic credit by taking clinical courses: Research that students design and implement themselves. Wingate students have researched such topics as personalities, depression and why people are attracted to others.

While a graduate degree and professional license are required for work as a psychologist, you can still earn up to three additional academic credit hours by completing an internship. Wingate students gain valuable hands-on experience and crucial interaction skills by working face-to-face with a variety of different people in settings such as:

  • Daycare centers
  • Homes for disabled children
  • Hospitals
  • Local nursing homes
  • Local schools
  • Shelters for victims of domestic violence

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Wingate psychology graduates have gone on to careers in sales, marketing and human resources. You could earn an advanced degree to become a therapist, sport psychologist or vocational rehabilitation counselor. Other opportunities include: 

  • Clinical psychologist
  • High school guidance counselor
  • Social worker or alcohol and drug abuse assistance coordinator
  • Career counselor
  • Family caseworker
  • Crisis intervention counselor
  • Parole officer
  • Market research analyst
  • Human resources manager 

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Psychology majors at Wingate earn either a BS or BA degree. Students may also minor in psychology. 

Psychology Four Year Plan

THE FOUR YEAR ACADEMIC PLANS ARE STANDARD TEMPLATES FOR HOW A DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED IN EIGHT (8) CONSECUTIVE FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS.  THERE IS VARYING FLEXIBILITY IN THE EXACT COURSE SEQUENCE DEPENDING UPON INDIVIDUAL STUDENT CIRCUMSTANCES, MAJOR CURRICULUM AND COURSE AVAILABILITY.  STUDENTS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR FACULTY ADVISOR FOR COURSE SEQUENCING, DEGREE PLANNING AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS.  STUDENTS ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEGREE PLANNING.

 

PROGRAM CONTACT

Dr. Jay Wilder

704-233-8058

jwilder@wingate.edu