Psychology

At Wesleyan we place a strong emphasis on the scientific process of psychology, training our students in the research techniques that are the tools for creating new insights that will advance psychology.

Psychology is the perfect major for students who are fascinated by people, who want to understand why humans do what they do, and who care about making a difference in the world. Psychology prepares students to help people improve their lives and to contribute to our understanding of the human experience.

Our graduates have the tools they need to confront complex problems and present solutions that are both data driven and socially responsible. They often continue on to graduate work in psychology or related fields like social work or speech-language pathology. Those who go straight into careers find meaningful positions in settings such as social service agencies, schools, correctional facilities, and industry.

Major: Psychology
Minor: Psychology
Related Majors: Neuroscience
Related Minor: Neuroscience, Equine assisted therapy, Organizational Behavior, and Forensic Science
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Wesleyan offers 23 majors and 30 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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Start Your Research Early

At Wesleyan we place a high value on active learning through the experimental research process. All psychology majors complete at least one research project and many do additional research in professors’ labs as part of independent studies or in their senior seminar course. As a result, psychology majors not only learn about what others have done, but make their own contribution to the field. Students travel each year, accompanied by faculty members, to present their research at the annual meetings of the Southeastern Psychological Association and the Comparative Cognition Society. Psychology majors can make use of a human subjects lab complete with remote viewing equipment and DirectRT reaction time software. There is also an animal lab used for serial pattern learning research.

 

 

Outside The Classroom

In addition to classroom instruction, psychology majors often benefit from experiences that occur within the community. Many psychology majors complete an internship at sites such as the local women’s Crisis Line and Safe House, The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, and Navicent Health. Additional volunteer experiences are available through Aunt Maggie’s Kitchen Table, a Saturday school program sponsored by Wesleyan’s Lane Center for Service and Leadership. Considering our broader community, psychology majors may join study abroad trips relevant to the field. Past offerings have included Drugs and Behavior (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and the Neuroscience of Pleasure and Beauty (Rome, Italy).

 

Student Anna Marmolejo Rios ‘20 during her summer internship.

Meet Anna Marmolejo Rios ’20

Anna, a neuroscience and psychology double major, worked as an intern through the Summer Research Opportunity Program (offered by Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan) where she worked on the Michigan Study for Cognitive Aging and Diverse Elders. In a lab that works to characterize risk and protective factors for dementia in a racially and socioeconomically diverse sample of older adults, specifically those from minority or underrepresented groups.“Throughout the summer I have learned so much about myself, the type of person I am and the kind of research I want to conduct. I knew I wanted to continue my education and ultimately earn a PhD in clinical psychology, and being here has opened my eyes to exactly what I am signing up for. Now I have a clearer picture of what my career and research paths will look like in the near future.” 

Wesleyan Women In Psychology Careers

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PILAR WILDER ’01

As a freshman, Pilar founded the West African dance club called Harambee African Tribal Sounds Unlimited. Today Pilar serves as the executive director of the group now named Hayiya Dance Theatre, Macon’s oldest dance company specializing in West African dance. She has taught hundreds of students to dance and to appreciate dance.

alumnae ADITI DEY ’13 sits at desk with book open

ADITI DEY ’13

A Munroe Scholar, Aditi graduated magna cum laude with a triple major in psychology, biology, and neuroscience. At Wesleyan, Aditi served as a research assistant in Dr. James Rowan’s comparative cognition lab. She is now a Resident in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Childrens' Hospital after receiving her doctoral degree from the Medical College of Georgia.

 

RECENT WESLEYAN PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATES HAVE ENTERED PROGRAMS AT:

Stanford University, Yale University, Brandeis University, Emory University, Baylor University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tufts University, University of Georgia, University of Wyoming, University of Michigan, Mercer University, Arizona State University.

Brooke Bennett-Day
Professor of Psychology (478) 757-3749 Profile
John Christopher
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of I-O Psychology Graduate Program (478) 757-5225 Profile
Holly Cole
Assistant Professor of Psychology (478) 757-3706 Profile
James Rowan
Professor of Psychology (478) 757-5236 Profile
Michele Tuer
Professor of Psychology (478) 757-2040 Profile

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