Psychology

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Psychology students are provided a thorough background in the basic concepts, theories, and experimental findings in psychology, and a well-developed set of research skills and experience in thinking creatively and critically about the world using the information they have learned.

The Psychology Program assists students as they develop a thorough understanding of key ideas, works, persons, events, and issues within the discipline of psychology.

Students enhance their understanding of scientific psychology by developing their research skills in a variety of settings ranging from laboratory to independent field research projects. In addition, students enrich their understanding of applied psychology through internships and course work. Finally, students strengthen and diversify their critical and creative thinking skills and their multidimensional communication skills in each of the above contexts.

In addition, the program seeks to provide students with the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the scientific enterprise as undergraduates through their own research. The program provides students with a fine background for advanced training and work in both applied and scientific research areas.

Your Major Took You Where?*

EMPLOYER POST-GRADUATE STUDY
Rolling Hills Hospital Vanderbilt University (M.S.N., women’s health)
University of Kentucky Hospital University of Denver (M.A., sport & performance psychology )
VNA Care and Hospice Spalding University (Psy.D., clinical psychology)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (M.S.N., nursing)
City of Greenville – Mayor’s Office University of Kentucky (M.S.W., social work)
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates

“The psychology professors at Centre are dedicated and invested in their students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive and rigorous program. The professors are eager to teach and they continue to spark your interest while also preparing you for life after college.”

HUDSON SMITH
Centre Class of 2019 • Psychology Major

Psychology

Research & World-Wide Study

Research experience has always been highly valued in applicants to graduate schools and is also valuable for most jobs. At the junior and senior level, students are ready to make meaningful scientific contributions in collaboration with faculty. Student projects have been presented at professional meetings and/or published in professional journals, and many have won undergraduate research awards. Psychology students have also participated in primate research in Barbados, and studied the roots of mindfulness in Japan. These projects and abroad experiences have provided students with useful research backgrounds for a wide variety of careers.

Internships

Student internships offer an excellent opportunity for students to explore careers in psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and related fields. Current and past students participate in internships at sites in the surrounding community, at other academic institutions, and around the world. Our faculty and Center for Career & Professional Development are ready to help you find the perfect place that will prepare you for your future. Past placements have included a stroke rehab unit, orthopedics & sports medicine practices, elementary schools, and physical therapists. On several occasions, the internship experience has been a stepping stone to employment after graduation.

Careers

Recent psychology majors have pursued a wide variety of careers including clinical psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, occupational therapy, nursing, speech therapy, human-computer interaction, business, and law. The psychology major gives students excellent preparation for graduate school. Our students have studied at Cambridge, Columbia, Duke, Emory, London School of Economics, Vanderbilt, University of Alabama, University of Kentucky, University of Nevada, University of Virginia, Xavier University, and others. The qualifications of our graduates is reflected in the high number who gain entrance into these programs.

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