As a psychology major, you will have the opportunity to:
- learn about the traditional empirical areas of psychology and clinical psychology,
- learn how to conduct psychological research, and
- learn how to evaluate the important theories and presuppositions in psychology from a Christian perspective.
In an effort to provide a comprehensive training program, the Psychology Department has chosen academic requirements that support the needs of students wanting to pursue graduate training as well as provide a solid liberal arts degree for students entering the broader market with a bachelor's degree. This is done through the specific course requirements, varied electives, and added opportunities for research experience via the Honors Program and internship experiences.
A major in psychology is a good liberal arts degree for those students who plan to enter the job market with a bachelor's degree. For example, many community agencies (police departments, community mental health facilities, half-way houses, etc.) need people who have had some training in psychology to work as staff or assistants. Employment is also available within psychiatric divisions of general hospitals or in mental health institutions.
Some of our recent graduates have gone directly into graduate programs in clinical, counseling, developmental, physiological, social, educational, school, and industrial psychology. Others have chosen psychologically related fields such as personnel management, social work, guidance counseling, or special education with developmentally delayed or emotionally disturbed children.
The psychology major can also equip students to pursue a number of other careers such as the following:
- Medical school
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Business Administration
- Missions or other ministries
- Education with minor in psychology
The Psychology Department offices are located on the Mezzanine level of the Billy Graham Center. To reach the mezzanine, take the stairs located near room 140 at the end of the hallway of classrooms located on the first floor. You may also take the elevator that is located on the west end of the BGC directly to the mezzanine.
Our departmental facilities include a number of conference and seminar rooms, along with a Child Development Lab. We also have an Experimental Psychology Laboratory in the basement of the Billy Graham Center, in which animal learning studies, sensation/perception work, and human research (such as social or personality psychology) can take place.
Psychology Majors and Minors have the opportunity to become a member of the Wheaton College chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology. Psi Chi offers a variety of educational and social activities for all psychology students throughout the school year.
The Department annually sponsors several lectures by distinguished psychologists. The most important of these is the annual Scandrette Lecture. In addition, the Department has a meeting for all students considering an internship experience. A department-wide graduation celebration in the Spring is one of our annual highlights.
There is available a list of courses and requirements for the Psychology major. There is also a list of specific tracks (development, social psychology, etc.).