About the Program
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, thought, and emotion. Psychology is an extremely broad discipline, involving areas as diverse as biology and philosophy. The field of Psychology includes areas such as social (the influence of groups on individuals), developmental (issues related to childhood and the aging process), abnormal (unusual or maladaptive behavior) and cognitive (thought, language and perception) psychology.
The Psychology program is designed to provide students with exposure to the many different fields of psychology. In addition to an exposure to Psychology, students learn problem-solving techniques through the program’s focus on research and analysis of human behavior in experimental research and statistics courses.
A liberal arts emphasis provides students with the opportunity to study Psychology and its relationships with other fields such as sociology, philosophy and biology. At the same time, the student-faculty ratio and the focus on experimental methods allow students to formulate and test their own ideas about human behavior. In addition, Lees-McRae College provides students with unique internship opportunities in a rural, Appalachian setting.
The Psychology major has broad application beyond graduation. Psychology majors may choose from careers in human resources, advertising, sales, business management and health services. In addition to preparing students for graduate
study in psychology and social work, the Psychology program prepares students for graduate work in other areas such as law, theology, educational psychology and business administration.