Consistent with the Paine College mission, the Psychology Department provides opportunities
for students to obtain quality education through the acquisition of knowledge, and
development of psychosocial skills while instilling in all students an appreciation
for and sensitivity to ethical and aesthetic values. Our commitment to classroom
teaching and learning characteristic of a liberal arts education is complemented
by a commitment to scholarly inquiry characteristic of a research institution. Classroom
experience is enhanced by practical and laboratory experience in our newly renovated
psychology research laboratory.
Students are given ample opportunities for internships
and research experience that affords you competitive entry into graduate and professional
schools, or entry into the workforce through collaborations with local and national
institutions and/or organizations. Our dedicated faculty is committed to excellence
and is here to facilitate students’ experiences in every way possible.
The Psychology Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is
organized to provide students the means by which to earn the degree by emphasis
in one of the following three options:
- Counseling Emphasis Designed for students who will pursue careers in clinical psychology,
counseling and other areas related to mental health, academia and research, as well
as professional employment.
- Experimental Psychology Emphasis This focus area is designed for advanced careers
in research, physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and academia. In addition
to the core Psychology major curriculum, students study areas such as experimental
design, sensation and perception and physiological psychology.
- General Psychology Concentration This concentration is designed for careers in academia,
health science research, and/or professional employment. Along with the core Psychology
major curriculum, students select to study additional courses from the Counseling
and Experimental emphasis.
A minor concentration in psychology may be completed by students majoring in other
The Paine College Department of Psychology provides students with a comprehensive
body of knowledge related to the science of behavior and mental processes for the
purpose of enhancing commitments to behavioral science and mental health. We aim
to evolve the frontiers of psychological science through research designed to enhance
the college family; and fulfill the obligations of service to the community as a
whole. Upon completion of the psychology program, students will be prepared for
graduate or professional education or entry into occupations which utilize knowledge
of human behavior.
The department’s long term vision is to increase the number of African American
behavioral scientists. To that end, the curriculum emphasis on psychology's scientific
foundation necessitates integrating theoretical and applied components of psychological
behavior. Our Students are prepared to develop the character, skills, knowledge,
and commitment to engage in community service in order to address the both the etiology
and prevention of behavioral problems.
Program designed for careers in clinical psychology, counseling and other areas
related to mental health, academia and research, as well as professional employment.
Program designed for advanced careers in research, physiological psychology, neuropsychology,
Through its emphasis on eliminating disparities in the area of the behavioral sciences,
the Paine College Psychology Department has been selected to serve as a partner
with the US Department
of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership
for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities. This partnership is reflective
of two components of the Paine College Strategic Goals.