Your major in psychology will give you a solid foundation in understanding human experience, providing valuable skills and knowledge for many careers.
You’ll explore challenging topics such as the fundamentals of human behavior, the scientific methods for studying behavior, and the individual characteristics that make human beings unique. You’ll investigate various theories of psychology, developmental stages, and adolescent adjustment. You’ll gain concrete skills in APA style writing, working with statistics, and designing an experiment. You’ll also learn about your options for psychology as a profession.
Whether you choose to pursue a career in therapy, counseling, psychiatry, or research or decide to focus your talents on business or teaching, a degree in psychology offers a strong foundation for your future plans.
Gardner-Webb University’s School of Psychology and Counseling offers a supportive community for learning. We’re dedicated to promoting Christian values in an environment of intellectual curiosity. We care about nurturing the whole person and encouraging lifelong learning.
Psi Chi National Honor Society
Psi Chi is the Psychology Honor Society dedicated to promoting excellence and advancing research in the field of psychology. To join you need at least nine hours of psychology courses, at least a 3.0 GPA overall and in psychology. As a member you are provided with the opportunity to become involved in leadership activities, present posters/papers at professional meetings, and participate in service activities.
Internships provide hands-on learning and professional training. GWU psychology students intern at a variety of different sites including psychiatric facilities, hospitals, homeless shelters, and shelters for battered woman. One student is working in an outdoor aquatic facility using dolphins that interact with autistic children. Another student is working in a hospital helping children prepare for studies and post-operative care. A third is completing her internship in bereavement at a funeral home.
A degree in psychology offers excellent preparation for many careers. You’ll develop valuable skills in communications, critical thinking, research, and interpersonal relationships. You can pursue a career in business, teaching, or working with a not-for-profit organization. You can work as a therapist, counselor, or social worker. With additional education, you can become a psychiatrist, psychologist, or researcher.
Several undergraduate students have gone on to work professionally and study in a wide variety of contexts. Some of these include as mental health counselors, school counselors, law enforcement agents, DSS workers, hospice counselors, probation officers, crime scene investigators, funeral home directors, crisis pregnancy center managers, assistant to the clerk of court or working in human resources and insurance sales.