Psychology

Major: Psychology
Minor:
 Psychology
Related Majors: 
Human Services, Neuroscience (Starts Fall 2011) 
Related Minor:
Neuroscience

Program Director: Michele T. Martin Professor of Psychology

Psychology is typically defined as the study of behavior and mental processes. Objectives of the study of psychology include understanding, predicting, and controlling behavior and a variety of approaches are used in these endeavors. The faculty of the department provide clinical, developmental, social and experimental approaches of exploration, with majors being assigned an advisor according to area of interest. Psychology is one of the most popular majors at Wesleyan College. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Facilities
Wesleyan's psychology classes are taught in the Munroe Science Center, a dynamic campus centerpiece that opened in August 2007 and the recently renovated, Taylor Hall. 

Scholarships and Awards
Psychology students at Wesleyan may be supported by federal, state, and college scholarships, grants, and loans, as well as work-study monies administered by the Financial Aid Office.  The Findlay Scholarship Program supports special academic scholarships awarded by the college on a competitive basis. These provide tuition support, academic year research funds, and summer research stipends to outstanding students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Special Opportunities
Students engage in individual and group research projects as requirements for the major. Often students present papers or posters at regional psychology conferences such as SEPA (Southeastern Psychology Association) convention. An internship in a community agency (psycho-education center, psychiatric hospital, crisis line, battered women's center, etc.) is also an integral component of the psychology major.

Clubs & Organizations
Psi Chi National Honor Society

Psychology Interest Group (PIGS)

Post-graduate Outcomes
A major in psychology provides a student with a foundation for graduate and/or professional study. About half of Wesleyan psychology graduates enter graduate school. There are numerous fields and specialties available in this discipline, including physiological, developmental, psychology of personality, industrial/organizational psychology, clinical, consumer psychology, social psychology, school psychology, and forensic psychology. Interdisciplinary specialties such as psycholinguistics and speech pathology are also options. Some of these require more than a four-year degree, and some require graduate work at the doctoral level. But a major in psychology also enables one to enter the world of work without advanced study.

Recent Wesleyan psychology graduates have entered graduate programs at Stanford, Yale, the University of Illinois, Emory University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tufts University, the University of Georgia, and Auburn University.

Faculty

James RowanJames D. Rowan Professor of Psychology. B.A. (Biology and Psychology) Malone College, 1988; M.A. (Experimental Psychology) Kent State University 1990: Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology with Biopsychology Concentration) Kent State University 1993. My area of interest is comparative cognition, more specifically, how humans and animals learn lists of information. I am also interested in the effects of early exposure to drugs on list learning in adulthood. MSC 108. 
jrowan@wesleyancollege.edu
 


Shelly MartinMichele T. Martin Professor of PsychologyB.A. (Psychology) Michigan State University 1987; M.A. (Psychology) University of Virginia 1992; Ph.D. (Psychology) University of Virginia 1995. My area of specialty is child, family, and adult clinical psychology. My research interests are the effects of family factors on child and adolescent adjustment. I have examined the effects of family variables on the management of juvenile diabetes and explored family functioning in divorced and single-parent families. Taylor 122.
smartin@wesleyancollege.edu


Brooke Bennett-Day
Brooke Bennett-Day Associate Professor of Psychology. B.S. (Psychology) Valdosta State University; M.S. (Psychology) Florida State University; Ph.D. (Psychology) Florida State University. My primary interests involve the effect that race may have on an individual's face recognition ability, as well as the developmental differences in child and adult memory for faces.  Additional interests include interracial attitudes and stereotype formation, juror interpretations of legal proceedings, and best teaching practices.  My general teaching interests include social psychology, research methods, and psychology in the legal system. Tate 131.
bbennettday@wesleyancollege.edu

Besangie Sellars WhiteBesangie Sellars White  Assistant Professor of Psychology and Program Director of Human Services. B.A. (Psychology) Hampton University, 2003: M.A. (Developmental Psychology) University of Michigan, 2005; Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology) University of Michigan, 2008. My areas of interest include lifespan development and aging, how social support is related to healthy aging, health disparities within the U.S., and older African American's perception of manhood and social development. Taylor 132. bwhite@wesleyancollege.edu.