Psychology is an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of human mental functions and behavior. Psychologists study such phenomena as perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behavior and interpersonal relationships. Some, especially depth psychologists, also study the unconscious mind. For undergraduate students interested in this ever-evolving field, Lenoir-Rhyne offers a comprehensive major in Psychology. The program offers courses that represent broad domain areas in the field including evolutionary psychology, brain and mind, adolescence, abnormal behavior, and health psychology. Psychology science, research methods, evolutionary psychology, lifespan development, personality and abnormal psychology are just some of the courses that will challenge students. The faculty is concerned with relating modern psychology to the Christian faith and, in true liberal arts fashion, puts these two into creative tension so that the student can learn from both.
Qualified Psychology students interested in continuing their education through graduate study can easily matriculate into several of Lenoir-Rhyne’s graduate programs. Through LR’s innovative Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, students who complete their undergraduate degrees at Lenoir-Rhyne University are able to complete their graduate degrees in shorter time and at significantly less expense.
LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Internships with area agencies and organizations provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace while learning from respected professionals. Students are also challenged to take advantage of research opportunities (both independent and collaborative) exploring a range of exciting psychological topics.
In addition, each year Lenoir-Rhyne provides students with the opportunity to attend the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. Attended by thousands of psychologists and mental health professionals, the convention provides students with the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and discussions focused on important issues and advances throughout the field of psychology.
Qualified Psychology students are invited to become members of the LRU chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Psi Chi (ΨΧ) was founded in 1929 for the purposes of "encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.” It is one of the largest honor societies in the United States, having more than 1,100 chapters. The organization has inducted more than 700,000 lifetime members from chapters in the United States, Canada, and multiple other countries. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
Students are encouraged to take advantage of career counseling and job placement programs offered through the University. Advisement is available for students who wish to pursue careers in research, mental health, ministry, rehabilitation, personnel work, and agency counseling.
A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology prepares students for graduate study and/or the entry into a variety of human services opportunities. As a liberal arts major, Psychology furnishes a learning environment that prepares generally a student for a diverse array of professions in healthcare, human services, not-for-profit agencies, and business. More specifically (usually with additional graduate education), Psychology students find careers in clinical psychology, counseling, research, human services, policy and advocacy, and education.
The Psychology major earns a Bachelor of Arts degree; students can also choose to minor in psychology.