Psychology

  • Overview

    Learning the methodology and principles of psychology, students are able to examine the behavior, thought, feelings and interactions of humans.

    As a Psychology major at William Peace University, you will learn about the inner workings of the brain as well as personality, perception, thinking and social interaction. This knowledge is an asset in virtually any field, from medicine to business to law. In WPU’s Psychology degree program, you will work closely with professors in small class sizes where you will be challenged to hone your critical thinking and analytical skills through rigorous coursework. In addition, opportunities for hands-on research will provide valuable real-world experience and will help you develop a truly unique perspective on society. Our curriculum is outcome focused, preparing students for positions in social work, counseling and psychology as well as other non-major specific careers. WPU psychology majors have also gone onto law school and graduate programs in social work, school counseling and sports psychology.

    Study Psychology at WPU
    By learning the methodology and principles of psychology, WPU students are able to examine the behavior, thought, feelings and interactions of humans.
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

    Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours
    Psychology Core Courses 25 credit hours
    Psychology Elective Courses 12 credit hours
    General Electives 34 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.A. in Communication 120 credit hours

     

    Psychology Core Courses
    25 credit hours
    PSY 101: General Psychology 3
    PSY 300: Research Methods and Lab 4
    PSY 470: Senior Seminar 3
    Choose 1 course from each of the five major areas listed below 15
    Cognitive and Biological Sciences
    PSY 311: Cognitive Psychology 3
    PSY 382: Learning 3
    PSY 411: Biological Psychology 3
    Developmental Processes
    PSY 221: Life Span Development 3
    PSY 310: Child and Adolescent Development 3
    PSY 321: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 3
    PSY 360: Family Psychology 3
    Social, Personality, and Applied
    PSY 230: Personality Psychology 3
    PSY 245: Sport Psychology 3
    PSY 330: Social Psychology 3
    PSY 343: Psychology and the Law 3
    PSY 344: Psychology of the Black Experience 3
    PSY 375: Human Sexuality and Gender 3
    Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
    PSY 240: Abnormal Behavior 3
    PSY 341: Child, Family and Youth Services 3
    PSY 361: Violence in the Family 3
    PSY 440: Counseling Theories and Techniques 3
    Career Exploration
    PSY 394: Research Psychology I 3
    PSY 440: Counseling Theories 3
    PSY 480: Honors Thesis in Psychology 3
    PSY 49: Internship II 3
     Psychology Electives
    12 credit hours
    Must complete 12 hours of PSY 12
    Concentration in Psychology Research
     15 credit hours
    Concentration in psychology research (option that fulfills Career Exploration and Psychology Electives requirement)
    PSY 394: Psychology Research I 3
    PSY 396: Psychology Research II 3
    PSY 480: Honors Thesis in Psychology 3
    PSY Electives 6

    Minor

    Minor in Psychology
    18 credit hours
    Required courses:
    PSY 101: General Psychology 3
    PSY elective 3
    Choose 1 course from EACH of the four major areas listed below: 12
    Cognitive and Biological Sciences
    PSY 311: Cognitive Psychology 3
    PSY 382: Learning 3
    PSY 411: Biological Psychology 3
    Developmental Processes
    PSY 221: Life Span Development 3
    PSY 310: Child and Adolescent Development 3
    PSY 321: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 3
    PSY 360: Family Psychology 3
    Social, Personality, and Applied
    PSY 230: Personality Psychology 3
    PSY 245: Sport Psychology 3
    PSY 330: Social Psychology 3
    PSY 343: Psychology and the Law 3
    PSY 344: Psychology of the Black Experience 3
    PSY 375:Human Sexuality and Gender 3
    Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
    PSY 240: Abnormal Behavior 3
    PSY 341: Child, Family and Youth Services 3
    PSY 361: Violence in the Family 3
    PSY 440: Counseling Theories and Techniques 3
  • Faculty
    ​Kayce Meginnis-Payne, WPU Professor
    ​Associate Professor of Psychology
    Mark Cushman, WPU Professor.
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Betty Witcher, WPU professor.
    Department Chair of Psychology and Business; Professor of Psychology
    Lizzie Lange, WPU Professor.
    Assistant Professor and Program Director of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Careers

    Psychology majors develop skills such as effectively listening, observing, analyzing and interpreting. They are also taught the importance of ethical practice, showing concern for others and critical and inferential thinking. Peace graduates go on to various careers in areas such as pharmaceutical sales, social work, life skills training, community relations and clinical psychology.

    Recent internships include:
    • Interact of Wake County
    • Autism Society of North Carolina
    • Urban Ministries
    • North Carolina Highway Patrol
    • Ligon Middle School
    • Triangle Family Services
    • Guardian ad Litem, NC
    • Brain Injury Association of North Carolina
    • Residential Services
    • Planned Parenthood
    Recent employment by psychology majors:
    • Child Caseworker, Family Alternatives
    • Customer Services Representative, Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Teacher, The Mariposa School
    • Disability Determination Specialist, Social Security Administration, Disability Determination Services
    • Social Worker, Person County
    • Community Employment Specialist, Blue Ridge Center
    • Relationship Consultant, Allscripts
    • Assistant Camp Director, Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines
    • Site Director, Cary Family YMCA`
    Recent graduate school acceptances:
    • UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work
    • UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
    • North Carolina Central University School of Counseling
    • The University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Social Work
    • North Carolina State University School of Counseling
    • East Carolina University School of Psychology, School Counseling and Social Work
    • University of Tennessee, Sports Psychology
    • Case Western Reserve, Social Work
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