Psychology Degree Program
"My time at Wingate prepared me to make a difference in my community by making my services as a counselor readily available for marginalized groups and areas with higher poverty rates. I am more motivated to reach people who need the services than I am to make a profit. As a participant in the Honors Program, I was given the opportunity to engage in a research experiment while working closely with professors I respect and admire."
Chloe Wind, 2020 Psychology grad pursuing a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling at Winthrop University
Psychology is one of the most popular majors at Wingate. Through our curriculum students are exposed to a variety of topics and fields, preparing students for careers or graduate school. Students have required research methods and statistics courses to ensure they are critical consumers of psychological research and well-prepared should they choose to pursue graduate education. Students looking to gain additional preparation for graduate school often take the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on independent research studies, putting theories into practice. Internships also allow students to try out a psychology-related career, while earning course credit along the way.
With a major in psychology, you’ll be exposed to fields common in graduate schools including:
- Clinical psychology
- Cognitive psychology
- Counseling psychology
- Developmental psychology
- Health and Performance psychology
- Personality Psychology
- Physiological psychology
- Social psychology
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
If you declare a major in psychology, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. Through internship opportunities, independent and collaborative research opportunities, and W’International study abroad opportunities, students have ample opportunity to incorporate concepts discussed in the classroom with real world experiences.
Recent Wingate students have independently researched such topics as body image and self-esteem, help-seeking behaviors, false memories, parental modeling, and growth mindsets, among many others. Students have also worked closely with faculty on projects such as purpose formation in adolescent females, food choice and cognitive biases, social comparison in children, and the efficacy of academic interventions. Multiple psychology majors have had their research funded by Reeves Summer Research grants. This program provides students with a stipend and funding to cover research costs and presenting at a national conference.
Psychology faculty and students have also recently traveled to Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands through the W’International program to further immerse students in psychological concepts while cultivating their global citizenship. Majors are also encouraged to get involved in Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
While a graduate degree and professional license are required for many fields of psychology, you can still earn up to three additional academic credit hours by completing an internship. Wingate students gain valuable hands-on experience by interning in settings such as:
- Daycare centers
- Children’s hospitals
- Local nursing homes
- Local schools
- Shelters for victims of domestic violence
Wingate psychology graduates have gone on to careers in a variety of fields. While many opt to continue to graduate school, others choose to enter fields such as sales, marketing and human resources upon graduation. Recent graduates pursuing graduate education have gone on to programs to become:
- Clinical psychologists
- Licensed counselors
- Marriage and Family therapists
- High school and college counselors
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Social psychologists
For those looking to enter the workforce upon graduation, recent graduates have become:
- Alcohol and drug abuse assistance coordinators
- Market research analysts
- Human resources managers
- Recreational therapists
- Psychiatric technicians
- Behavioral technicians
- Rehabilitation specialists
Psychology majors at Wingate earn either a BS or BA degree. Students may also minor in psychology.