The Central College psychology program has been launching graduates into successful careers in psychology, medicine, law, education, ministry, the corporate world, private ownership and other areas for more than 50 years. Psychology majors at Central graduate with scientifically grounded knowledge about human behavior, useful problem-solving skills, strong human relations skills and emotional intelligence skills. With this background, Central graduates are highly qualified and often report they are better prepared for graduate school than the majority of their first-year colleagues from other universities.
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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.
A hallmark event for more than 40 years, psychology majors present the results of their advanced research projects at the Central College Psychology Symposium, held in the spring of each year. During the first weekend in May, the psychology faculty and dozens of psychology students attend the Midwestern Psychological Association convention in Chicago, where Central students present their research to an audience of professional psychologists.
Psychology majors participate in service-learning opportunities with local agencies and organizations to enhance their learning of course material. Students can volunteer weekly, assisting with after-school programs, 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.
In the fall of 2009, the psychology department opened its doors in the Roe Center. The three-story building provides 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 rating from the United States Green Building Council.
Psychology majors start advanced research during their junior year—hundreds of students present their findings to their peers. 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" and "Social Influence on the Perception of Appearance and Body Image."
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.
Don Koolmees ’78 hired four recent Central grads to help run his whitewater rafting company in Coloma, California, this summer.