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The Psychology major provides preparation for diverse career paths, including those that require graduate study. Students complete coursework from broad subdisciplines within psychology as well as take a sequence of research methods and statistics courses that enable them to conduct their own research studies. Many also elect to intern with community partners in a variety of settings. Graduates may pursue careers in research, mental health, ministry, rehabilitation, advocacy, social work, human resources, public health, occupational/physical therapy, and more. In alignment with the University mission, the faculty is concerned with the “development of the whole person” and provide one-on-one mentoring as students select vocational and career pathways.

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.



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.

Psychology Major Requirements

Program Contact

Dr. Taylor Newton

Associate Professor of Psychology
Hickory Campus