In an effort to provide a comprehensive training program, the undergraduate program has chosen academic requirements that support the needs of students wanting to pursue graduate training as well as provide a solid liberal arts degree for students entering the broader market. This is done through the specific course requirements, varied electives, opportunities for research experience in the classroom, through faculty collaboration, the Honors Program, and internship experiences. In addition, the department serves the greater student body by providing a number of courses for general education credit including Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Social Psychology.
Because psychology is a multifaceted field of study, we strive to reflect this in the various courses that we offer. As a psychology major, you will have the opportunity to:
- learn about the traditional empirical areas of psychology and clinical psychology,
- learn how to conduct psychological research
- learn how to evaluate the important theories and presuppositions in psychology from a Christian perspective.
A major in psychology is a good liberal arts degree for those students who plan to enter the job market with a bachelor's degree. For example, many community agencies (police departments, community mental health facilities, half-way houses, etc.) need people who have had some training in psychology to work as staff or assistants. Employment is also available within psychiatric divisions of general hospitals or in mental health institutions.
Some of our recent graduates have gone directly into graduate programs in clinical, counseling, developmental, physiological, social, educational, school, and industrial psychology. Others have chosen psychologically related fields such as personnel management, social work, guidance counseling, or special education with developmentally delayed or emotionally disturbed children. See information on the graduate psychology programs at Wheaton.
Our departmental facilities include a number of conference and seminar rooms and a Child Development Laboratory. The department is also home to the Robert G. Vautin Memorial Laboratory in the basement of the BGC, in which animal learning studies, sensation/perception work, and human research (such as social or personality psychology) can take place.
Psychology Majors and Minors have the opportunity to become a member of the Wheaton College chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology. Psi Chi offers a variety of educational and social activities for all psychology students throughout the school year.
The Department annually sponsors several lectures by distinguished psychologists. The most important of these is the annual Scandrette Lecture during the school year. In addition, the Department has a yearly meeting for all students considering an internship experience. A day-long department-wide graduation celebration of all our psychology department graduates is a highlight of the year.