Indulge your passion for figuring out the inner workings of the human mind. As a psychology major, you’ll graduate with scientifically grounded knowledge about human behavior, useful problem-solving skills, strong human relations skills and emotional intelligence skills. Find yourself among the highly qualified Central psychology graduates who often report they are better prepared for graduate school than the majority of their first-year colleagues from other universities.
No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.
"My ultimate goal is to get my Ph.D, in psychology and move to France permanently."
Graduates from the last 10 years have been accepted into 59 different graduate programs at 37 universities in 16 states, the District of Columbia, England and Wales.
Central psychology majors are encouraged to supplement coursework with application through internships–our students are able to work closely with people of all backgrounds.
General Psychology, the introductory course, is the foundation not only for the psychology major, but many other majors because of its versatility in understanding human behavior and its adaptability to many life-long learning environments.
By your junior and senior years, majors complete Capstone Research and Advanced Research projects which include presentations at departmental research symposia and the opportunity to present at professional meetings.
Learn more about psychology in the course catalog.
You’ll begin conducting advanced research during your junior year, with the opportunity to present your findings to your peers at the annual Central College Psychology Symposium. Some examples of past student research include:
• “That Which Does Not Kill Us: Analyzing Predictors of Post-Traumatic Growth”
• “The Relationship Between Recent Deployment, PTSD Symptoms, and Marital Satisfaction”
• “Social Influence on the Perception of Appearance and Body Image”
You’ll also have the opportunity to attend the Midwestern Psychological Association convention in Chicago — and possibly even present your research to an audience of professional psychologists.
You’ll spend a lot of time in the three-story Roe Center, which houses classroom, office and instructional space for the psychology and education departments, along with communication studies and Central’s nationally recognized community-based learning department. The building features energy conservation and environmental responsibility, and was awarded a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council.
When you participate in service-learning opportunities with local agencies and organizations, you can begin building your resume while bringing your classroom course material to life. You can volunteer weekly, assisting with after-school programs, helping residents in assisted-living facilities, analyzing data for community partners or working on special projects such as organizing fundraising events, surveying local students about use of tutoring programs and interviewing children about program services.
Twenty-three students turned full-time researchers this summer. They investigated bats, bees, polymers, criminal sentencing and more — and received research grants to do it!
After months exploring topics like sports analytics, Parkinson’s Disease, prairie grasses and consumer behavior, 182 Central students presented their research May 5-6.
A record number of Central College psychology students will present at Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) conference in Chicago April 30-May 2.
Want to find out more about psychology at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.