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.
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.
Karen Cleveland, Lecturer of Psychology
Peggy Fitch, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Psychology
Keith Jones, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Mark & Kay DeCook Endowed Chair in Character and Leadership Development and Professor of Psychology , interest areas include: aging and adult development, character development, leadership, performance psychology, statistical analysis and how people learn during college
Randall Renstrom, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology, interest areas include: political psychology, social cognition, attitude formation and metaphorical communication
Ashley Scolaro, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology, interest areas include: neurological underpinnings of prospective memory, applications of judgment and decision making to the medical and justice communities and child and adolescent development
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:
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.
Central College has announced a leadership change, impacting its enrollment management and student development teams.
Twelve new faculty members will join Central College this year — experts in physics, chemistry, music and more.
How many taboo words can you list in four minutes? Senior Jordan Byrne won a grant for original research on the relationship of taboo language to the brain’s right hemisphere.
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