If you are curious about the ways we think, interact, learn and change, you might consider becoming a psychology major. A popular major at Queens, psychology is considered a "hub" science, with links to many other fields. The major allows you to develop the skills needed for research and critical thinking, as well as options to focus on particular areas of interest.
You will be able to select courses from the following areas: development, social psychology, learning, cognition, physiological psychology, abnormal psychology and clinical issues. You may also elect to pursue courses in special areas of psychology including sports psychology, family therapy, language, death and dying, forensic psychology, and health psychology. The major also provides research experience for all students and allows you to choose independent projects to further your understanding and pursue research in a field that interests you.
"While at Queens, I achieved and even surpassed all the goals that I set for myself. I look back on my experience at Queens and am simply amazed at all that I have accomplished in such a short period of time." - Psychology major Tarik Sloussi '12
Perks of Being a Psychology Major
- Caring, Committed Professors
In the psych department, we have award-winning professors who are passionate about the science and practice of psychology. Our faculty include both researchers and clinicians, all with interests in the scientific study and behavior and mental processes. You can find our professors publishing in research journals, writing textbooks in their specialties, and presenting at conferences- and all dedicated to teaching and enhancing the student experience. You will get to know your professors well and benefit from their industry knowledge and connections.
- Research Experience
All psychology majors at Queens complete a sequence of courses where they learn to understand research, develop their own research, and communicate their findings. All students present their projects at conferences, and they're prepared for the demands of graduate study and jobs after graduation.
- Extra-Curricular Activities
Queens offers more than 60 clubs and organizations, including a psychology club. These give you ample opportunity to get involved and lead. Psychology Club has been actively involved in service to the community and activities that help the campus understand psychology and mental health careers and needs.
As a psychology major, you will find a wide variety of internship opportunities. Some of our students have chosen:
- Alexander Youth Network
- Autism Charlotte
- Children's Miracle Network
- Counseling centers
- Human Resources
- IMPACT Family Violence Services
- Law enforcement
- Pat's Place
- Planned Parenthood
- Research facilities
- Social service and advocacy agencies
- The Relatives
Psychology major Rachael Holder was accepted by The Washington Center to work as an intern for a non-profit education and support services organization known as The Family Place. She's used this experience to fuel her desire to become a clinical psychologist.
When You Graduate
There are many career paths available to you as a psychology major. Recent graduates have gone into health, education, government, child and elder care, rehabilitation and psychiatric services, business, marketing and sales careers.
You can also choose to go on to graduate school in counseling, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy and social work. Beyond the clinical areas, psychology prepares you for further study in areas such as experimental psychology, physical and occupational therapy, organizational science, law and healthcare. Some of the places Queens graduates have gone on to study include:
- University of North Carolina
- Wake Forest University
- University of Colorado
- Penn State University
- University of Georgia
- University of Mississippi
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary