BA MAJOR & MINOR

What You’ll Study

This program explores four major topic areas: biological psychology, social psychology/psychology of personality, learning and development, and mental health. Through your classes, projects, and out-of-class experiences, you will:

  • Get a broad background in the basics of the field: foundational theories, research methods, and important studies
  • Learn to apply a scientific approach to understanding behavior and mental processes
  • Practice collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data

Senior Capstone Courses

In a two-course senior capstone sequence, you’ll either conduct an advanced-level research project or get real-world practicum experience through an internship. Your advisor will help you design a capstone experience that will best help you meet your career goals, as well as suggest service and work opportunities to support your progress.

Past Students’ Capstone Research Projects

  • Wilderness therapy for adolescent depression
  • Violent video games as catharsis therapy
  • Service-learning and promotion of civic-mindedness

Past Students’ Psychology Internships

  • Tutoring elementary school children with special needs
  • Learning diagnostic procedures for children with autism
  • Locating social services for adults diagnosed with mental health disorders
  • Behavioral management therapy for adults with developmental disabilities

Versatile Degree for Any Career

A deeper understanding of human nature and its complex interactions of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors is relevant to almost any career field. There are clinical and research jobs, many of which require graduate school, as well as jobs in non-psychology fields that use this skill set. You can take this degree just about anywhere you want to go — its value lies in how you decide to shape it.

Common Jobs for Psychology Majors

  • Art or music therapist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Youth counselor
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Police detective
  • Market researcher
  • Social worker
  • Mental health technician
  • Special needs educator
  • Sports psychologist
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Human resources manager

Explore Classes in This Program

PSY 121

Sport Psychology

What happens to the mind when the body is pushed to its limits? Do physical injuries result in mental changes? What can teams teach us about social groups of all kinds? Explore these and more questions on the mind-body connection in this course.

PSY 216

Psychology of Creativity

You know creativity is essential in the arts, but creativity and creative problem solving are also a requirement for great science, business, and education. This course examines the many social and developmental processes that impact creative thinking.

Meet Our Faculty

My students love complexity. They want to understand people in all our beautiful, gory detail. They want to have an impact on quality of life. They absolutely inspire me with their questions and research and action.

Martha Knight-Oakley, Ph.D.
Martha Knight-Oakley
Martha Knight-Oakley, Ph.D.
Jen Mozolic

I love teaching at Warren Wilson because the students are so interesting and engaging. I'm incredibly lucky that I have a job where I get to come to work every day and learn something new or think about the world in a different way.

Jen Mozolic, Ph.D.
Jen Mozolic
Jen Mozolic, Ph.D.
Cristina Reitz-Krueger

I believe in the power of social sciences to change the world for the better, and I love working with students who want to get out there and actually make those changes!

Cristina L. Reitz-Krueger, Ph.D.
Cristina Reitz-Krueger
Cristina L. Reitz-Krueger, Ph.D.
Robert Swoap

Teaching at Wilson keeps me young. My students often laugh at my silliness, but they know I would do almost anything for them to thrive. I see myself as a guide and a mentor. For that, I feel deeply grateful.

Robert Swoap, Ph.D.
Robert Swoap
Robert Swoap, Ph.D.
Martha Knight-Oakley
Jen Mozolic holding a brain
Meet Our Faculty

One of the nation's most inspiring young professors

Psychology professor Jennifer Mozolic was named one of the nation’s “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” by NerdScholar. With her background in cognitive neuroscience, she loves connecting students to challenging ideas through firsthand experience — like touching a human brain or hearing nerve cells sending signals.