If the inter-workings of the mind, human behavior or counseling fascinates you, 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 the psychology of religion. The major also 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, many of whom are currently practicing in the field. They also regularly publish, present at conferences and contribute to local media including The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Parent Magazine, Charlotte Magazine and WSOC-TV. You will know your professors and benefit from their industry knowledge and connections.
Queens offers more than 60 clubs and organizations, including a psychology club. These give you ample opportunity to get involved and lead.
As a psychology major, you will find a wide variety of internship opportunities. Some of our students have chosen:
- The Practice Institute
- Psychiatric hospitals and offices
- Counseling centers
- Social service agencies
- Research facilities
- Law enforcement
- Human resources
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 child life specialist.
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. All of these areas demand the ability to understand interpersonal interactions, environmental effects and biological factors.
You can also choose to go on to graduate school in counseling, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy and social work. Queens graduates have gone on to study at Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, University of North Carolina and Wake Forest University, among others. Beyond the clinical areas, psychology prepares you for further study in areas such as experimental psychology, physical and occupational therapy, organizational science, law and medicine.
Now an actor with his most recent credit in ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, Queens alumnus Conrad Ricamora '01 says he's put his psychology degree to work. "My psychology degree helps me understand human behavior, which in turn helps me understand the characters I portray."