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PSYCHOLOGY.

B.A. Degree in Psychology
Minor in Psychology

Psychology Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Major in Psychology, the scientific study of behavior, and enter a field of great fascination and endless variety.

Psychologists seek to unravel the multiple relationships between how the person's varied ways of doing things affect (and are affected by) that person's environment. As a Psychology major at Catawba College, you’ll find that our academic program balances the “scientific” aspects of the discipline with the “application” of that science to issues of human concern.co-psychstufac.jpg

Thanks to the flexibility built into the B.A. in Psychology degree program, Catawba students learn the multiple facets of Psychology while in the midst of a strong liberal arts curriculum. They supplement coursework with integrative experiences outside the classroom, including practica, internships, and substantive professional research conducted side-by-side with inspiring faculty.

You may not yet be certain about HOW you will "use" your Psychology major after you graduate. At Catawba, our flexibility acknowledges and addresses that uncertainty.


Minor in Psychology

Catawba offers a minor in Psychology.


Psychology Program Highlights

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Catawba College’s Psychology Department helps students to develop and hone skills that are needed for today’s jobs and for jobs that don’t yet exist. Our goal is to help students acquire the generalized skills, traits, and qualitative knowledge that employers seek. Our graduates can write clearly and to the point, have the ability to accurately collect data and make evidence-based analysis of those data, and can draw useful and accurate conclusions. Catawba Psychology grads work collaboratively on research tasks, acquire hands-on methods of communicating scientific information, and develop an ability to think critically about ethical issues and debates.

All Psychology majors at Catawba College do required research and most do research that is presented at regional conferences to which these students travel. Research is a part of many classes in our academic program and is a culminating experience.

Students pursuing a B.A. in Psychology must complete an integrative experience to graduate. Psychology majors complete either research presented at a conference, an internship, or both.

Seventy five percent of Catawba College Psychology majors graduating between 2017 and 2019 have had or will have internships or fieldwork off campus.  Some of their experiences have entailed working with teen parents on parenting and life skills at Families First! Rowan; collecting data about dog interpersonal and cognitive behaviors at the Yale University’s Canine Cognition Lab; shadowing physicians and assisting with pharmacy stocking at the Community Care Clinic; service as a Court Advocate Intern with the Family Crisis Council; and working with autistic children and children with cerebral palsy to train and develop their gross and fine motor skills and behavior modification protocols at Partners in Learning.

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Research Experiences in Psychology at Catawba College
Research Experiences in Psychology.

There is no college that provides research opportunities to its students as Catawba College does, especially in the Psychology Department. All Psychology degree seekers at Catawba have completed at least one research project and more than three-quarters of them have presented their research at a convention.

Catawba College Psychology majors have won conference travel grants and financial awards for their projects and their papers presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and Southeastern Psychological Association annual conferences. These Catawba students have also published research in peer-review journals, including “Social Behavior and Research” and “Journal of Cognitive Behavior.” 

Research topics explored by students pursuing a B.A. in Psychology at Catawba include:

  • What’s in a Tweet? How Religious Affiliation Influences Celebrity Tweet Content.
  • Can Language Study Positively Impact Divergent Thinking.
  • How social status influences “affect language” in Tweets.
  • Effects of glucose in chewing gum on memory performance.
  • Cross-cultural patterns in liking of names and name letters.
  • Effects of background color presentation and word emotionality on recall of text.
Study Abroad in Psychology
Study Abroad in Psychology.

The Catawba College Cross-Cultural Psychology course recently took students to Puerto Rico to see how the lingering recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria are still affecting this U.S. territory and its residents.

Other multidisciplinary courses offered recently that paired Psychology faculty with their peers in another academic program include Neurodiversity, team-taught by Psychology and Theatre Arts, and Death and Dying, team-taught by Psychology and English.

RELATED BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Sociology
  • Business
  • Criminal Justice/Forensic Studies (individualized minor)
  • Sport Psychology Studies (individualized minor)

Outcomes

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PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE JOBS.

Recent Entry-Level Jobs of Catawba B.A. Psychology Graduates include:

    • Director, Shepherd's Clinic
    • Post-partum doula
    • Child Life Specialist program director
    • Peer Counselor
    • Employee Assistance Re-Entry Coordinator, Food Lion
    • Victim's Witness Advocate
    • Play Therapist, Partners in Learning

 

 

 

 

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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduate Schools Enrolling Catawba Psychology Majors
Catawba College Psychology alumni have been accepted into the following graduate schools:

    • Citadel – M.A. Counseling
    • Alto University, Sweden
    • University of Maastricht
    • North Carolina State University
    • Nova Southeastern
    • UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Duke University Divinity School
    • UNC-Charlotte
    • LaSalle University
    • Campbell University

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"I really enjoyed the feeling of competence and mastery that you gain from seeing a big project from beginning to end.

"It was a lot of work and the workload was overwhelming at times, but the busy work never felt pointless or unimportant in retrospect. Many other schools don’t put this much emphasis on going step by step through the whole research process and I got the feeling they were missing out. This was particularly evident when talking to few Psychology majors from other schools at a recent conference who didn’t seem as intellectually interested in what conclusions you could (or couldn’t) draw from the research being presented."

Breki Bjarnason '18
B.A. Psychology with Minors in Business Administration and Sociology

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Participate.

Fuel your passion for all things psychological by participating in the Psychology Club, a psychology interest society, or Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society.

Faculty

Dr. Sheila Brownlow

Professor and Chair of Psychology Dr. Sheila Brownlow enjoys working with students in a personal environment where professors and students know each other and interact daily. This social psychologist maintains an active program of research, focusing on implicit biases, mediators in sex differences in spatial skills, and implicit egotism. 

Dr. Erin Wood

Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Erin Wood's research interests are focused on the nexus of human-technology interactions and health behavior modification as mediated by self-efficacy. She is also interested in the role of technology in education in post-secondary institutions.

Dr. Amy Holmes

Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Amy Holmes has centered her career around teaching and learning. Her specific research interests include prenatal development through toddlerhood, middle adolescence through emerging adulthood, and the social cognition of dogs and horses. 

Dr. Jennifer Klebaur

Assistant Professor Psychology Dr. Jennifer Klebaur teaches general psychology, human development, and abnormal psychology in both face-to-face and online formats. Her research interests include examining the biological and environmental influences that underlie behaviors associated with substance use disorders.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Psychology
Required Courses for B.A. in Psychology

PSYCH 2221 Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences

3

PSYCH 2222 Experimental Psychology

4

PSYCH 1340 or 1350 Child or Adolescent Psychology

3

PSYCH 3380 Psychology of Personality

3

PSYCH 3480 Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYCH 3420 or 3530 Fund. of Neuroscience or Cognitive Processes

4

PSYCH 3560 Social Psychology

4

PSYCH 0999 Integrative Experience 

0

Electives in Psychology

6

About the Psychology Major »

Total:

30


The intent of the program in Psychology is to provide a general but basic background in Psychology to serve students who (1) simply are interested in Psychology, (2) intend to enter the job market upon graduation, or (3) choose to pursue graduate education. To accomplish these varied goals, the Department is committed to a "general" approach to education in Psychology rather than presenting a specific school-of-thought. The Psychology program thus is arranged so that every student completes a set of required courses called the Psychology "core."

This "general" Psychology major is designed to give a student maximum flexibility in creating a program of study most in line with her or his career interests, as they develop. The student planning to pursue Graduate Education can build upon these requirements with appropriate department electives. The student who plans to gain employment immediately upon graduation could supplement this major with a minor program of study, e.g., Business Administration, English. Students should consult with the Department Chair about their program as some courses of the core do require prior courses and some are given only in alternate years.

About the Psychology Major

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

PSYCH 1110 General Psychology

3

Psychology electives at any level

6

Psychology electives above the 1000-level, at least one of which must be at the 3000-level

9-11

 

Total:

18-20

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1110 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
A study in the major perspectives of psychology with an emphasis on the nature and behavior of people and an examination of selected topics in the discipline.

1160 INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS (3 hours)
A study of concepts, methods, problems, and findings in interpersonal perceptions, nonverbal behavior, communication, and personality as they affect relations with others.

2101 SELECTED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of particular interest within the disciplines. Topic is announced at Registration.

2221 DATA ANALYSIS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (3 hours)
Same as SOC 2221. A survey of the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of central tendency, variability and correlation, probability as applied to statistical decision-making, and parametric and nonparametric analysis of data, including ANOVA.

2222 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 hours)
The rationale and methods of psychological experimentation, to include experimental design, data collection and analysis, and report-writing. Lecture and laboratory.

2340 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours) 
A survey of the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development in children from conception to adolescence.

2345 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (3 hours)
A survey of the important methods, theories, themes, issues and research findings in the field of lifespan developmental psychology. Prerequisites: declared Athletic Training or Therapeutic Recreation major or enrollment in the BSN program with RN-BSN Major.

2350 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours) 
A study of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development during the second decade of life.

2470 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
A study of the relationships among the mind, body, and society as they relate to physical health and illness.

2940 PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONALITIES (3 hours) 
A survey of the characteristics, education, and social integration of people with physical, emotional, cultural, behavioral and/or cognitive exceptionalities. Prerequisite: PSYCH 1340 or 1350.

3380 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY (3 hours)
A comparative examination of the major dynamic, behavioral, and humanistic theorists of “normal personality” in format, dynamics and development of personality.

3420 FUNDAMENTALS OF BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE (4 hours)
A survey of the anatomical, physiological, biochemical, and pharmacological processes of the nervous system as these influence behavior. Lecture and Laboratory. Prerequisite: PSYCH 2222 (Offered in alternate years.)

3480 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
A study of the classification, etiology, and treatment of personality disorganization.

3501 SELECTED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-4 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of particular interest within the discipline. Topic is announced at Registration.

3530 FUNDAMENTALS OF COGNITIVE PROCESSES (4 hours)
A survey of theory and research related to human cognitive functioning. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: PSYCH 2222. (Offered in alternate years).

3560 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 hours)
A study of theory and research of individual behavior within a group context. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequesite: PSYCH 2222.

3980 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION (3 hours)
A study of the basic principles and processes of behavior modification with emphasis on the design and implementation of reinforcement programs. Prerequisite: PSYCH 2222.

4101 SEMINAR (3 hours)
A style of learning involving reading, discussion, independent research and written reports on a selected area of inquiry. Topic is announced at Registration. Prerequisites: 12 hours in Psychology.

4201 PRACTICUM (1-6 hours)
An application of theory and methods of psychology to specific areas of psychological services in a supervised setting. Prerequisite: 12 hours in Psychology and permission of the Department Chair.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY (1-3 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair.

4401 INTERNSHIP (1-6 hours)
A field experience for psychology majors and minors in which formal evaluation, supervision, and direction are provided by an outside agency in concert with the supervising professor and student. Prerequisite: 12 sh in psychology and permission of the Department Chair. (NOTE: A reflective paper to describe how the experience met learning objectives is required and Grading is S/U.)