Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The objectives of the program in psychology are:

  1. To develop in students an understanding of the theories, principles, methodologies, research findings, and applications of psychology.
  2. To develop the students’ critical and analytical thinking skills and communication skills as they relate to the study of psychology.
  3. To prepare students for admission to graduate or professional training in psychology or related fields.
Overview

Your Program

The psychology curriculum has three objectives: to help you develop an understanding of the theories, principles, methodologies, research findings, and applications of psychology; to help you develop your critical and analytical thinking and communications skills as they relate to the study of psychology; and to prepare you for admission to graduate or professional training in psychology or related fields.

Your Experience

Salem's psychology students are eager to combine the study of psychological theory with hands-on research and fieldwork. Many of them supplement their work with a minor or second major in a field such as communication, business, or education.

Your Faculty

As active practitioners in the field, the faculty members are able to convey to your and your fellow students the latest advancements in psychological scholarship.

Your Results

When you major in psychology, you may continue on to graduate study or to a career in psychology and psychiatry, counseling, social work, communication, and other fields. Thanks to the department's liberal-arts underpinning, you will be armed with superior skills in communication, analytical ability, and critical thinking.

You will join other successful Salem Psychology Department graduates like the following in pursuing your goals: Jessica Atkinson C'99, Orange County Department of Social Services; Kate Pinkerton Long C'04, learning consultant, Muskingun College; Alicia Columbo C'03, lead resident counselor, Eliada Homes, Inc.; and Lesley Simmons C'04, master's program, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Major/Minor

Psychology Major (BA)

A student seeking a bachelor of arts degree with a major in psychology must complete nine courses (thirty-three semester hours minimum) in psychology:

Required core courses:

  • PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 101. Statistics (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 102. Research Methods in Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 220. Tests and Measurement (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 270. History and Systems in Psychology (4 hrs)

Experimental Psychology (choose one course):

  • PSYC 225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning (4 hrs)

Applied Psychology (choose two courses):

  • PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 130. Social Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 140. Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 150. Psychology of Personality (3 hrs)

One elective course, other than PSYC 280 (3 hrs min.) Must be taken at Salem.

A student who intends to major in psychology is encouraged to complete PSYC 101 during her first year and PSYC 102 during her sophomore year.

At least five of the courses necessary for a major (BA) in psychology must be completed at Salem. 


Psychology Major (BS)

The bachelor of science degree in psychology requires additional coursework to provide a broader background in the biological and chemical underpinnings of behavior and more thorough training in psychological research, and is recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate school. 

A student who seeks the bachelor of science degree with a major in psychology must complete sixteen courses (fifty-five semester hours minimum), including ten courses in psychology.

Required core courses:

  • PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 101. Statistics (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 102. Tests and Measurement (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 270. History and Systems in Psychology (4 hrs)

Experimental Psychology (two courses):

Required: PSYC 225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology (4 hrs)

Choose one:

  • PSYC 240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning (4 hrs)

Applied Psychology (choose two courses):

  • PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 130. Social Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 140. Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 150. Psychology of Personality (3 hrs)

Senior Thesis (choose one):

  • PSYC 200. Independent Study (3 hrs min.)
  • PSYC 290. Honors Independent Study (3 hrs min.)

Allied Disciplines (six courses):

  • BIOL 100. Cell and Molecular Biology (4 hrs)
  • BIOL 101. Biodiversity (4 hrs)
  • BIOL 218. Anatomy and Physiology I (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)

Choose one:

  • MATH 107. Statistical Methods with R (4 hrs)
  • SOCI 215. Social Statistics (3 hrs)

Choose one:

  • MATH 070. Essential Calculus (4 hrs)
  • MATH 100. Calculus I (5 hrs)

NOTE: Students who intend to pursue graduate education in neuroscience or careers in the health sciences are advised to take Math 100 rather than Math 070. 

At least five of the ten psychology courses required for the major (BS) must be taken at Salem. The Senior Thesis will consist of an original research project designed in collaboration with a faculty mentor and culminating in a thesis paper and presentation; students are encouraged to prepare and design the study during their junior year and conduct the study during the Fall of their senior year.

A student who intends to major in psychology is encouraged to complete PSYC 101 during her first year and PSYC 102 during her sophomore year. 


Psychology Minor

The minor in psychology requires completion of five courses. At least three of the five courses for the minor must be taken at Salem.

Required course:

  • PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 101. Statistics (4 hrs)

Experimental Psychology (choose one course):

  • PSYC 102. Research Methods in Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 220. Tests and Measurement (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning (4 hrs)

Applied Psychology (choose two courses):

  • PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 130. Social Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 140. Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 150. Psychology of Personality (3 hrs) 
Courses

PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)

Psychology as a science and a discipline. Survey of major subject areas such as biological bases of behavior, human growth, and development, perception, learning, motivation, emotions, personality theory, social and abnormal psychology. Required for the major. (QI)

PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)

Psychological development from conception through adulthood, with emphasis on cognitive, social, and biological factors. Methodological questions are emphasized as is the nature/nurture issue. Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 101. Statistics (4 hrs)

Elementary descriptive statistics and inferential statistics, both parametric and nonparametric. Emphasis on those statistical concepts and techniques useful in analyzing empirical data in both the behavioral and biological sciences. Discussion of these techniques within the context of their application to concrete research situations. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 or permission of instructor. (QI)

PSYC 102. Research Methods in Psychology (4 hrs)

An introduction to methodology in psychology. Design, execution, analysis, and critical evaluation of psychological research. Applications include laboratory and descriptive research. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 and PSYC 101.

PSYC 110. Psychology of Women (3 hrs)

Given the different life experiences of men and women, this course considers psychological theory and research from a feministic perspective in such areas as women’s development, achievement, sexuality, and work. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. (WS)

PSYC 130. Social Psychology (3 hrs)

An analysis of various current theories, topics, and research methodologies in social psychology. Some of the topics covered include social perception, impression formation, attraction, pro-social and anti-social interpersonal behavior, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, social roles, group influence on behavior, group dynamics, leadership, and social ecology. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as SOCI 205.

PSYC 140. Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)

Origins, symptoms, and methods of treatment of deviant behaviors with illustrative case material. Social and clinical aspects of psychological disturbances. Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 150. Psychology of Personality (3 hrs)

A summary of major historical and contemporary theories of personality, including relevant research and evaluation of each theory with concern for current applications. Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 160. Human Sexuality (3 hrs)

An analysis of the psychological, physiological, and sociocultural aspects of human sexual behavior and attitudes. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. (WS)

PSYC 180. Animal Behavior (3 hrs)

Exploration of the mechanisms, development, evolution, and adaptive functions of naturally occurring behavior in animals, with an emphasis on vertebrates in the wild. Topics include learning, feeding, avoiding predators, reproduction, and social organization. Lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Cross-listed as BIOL 180. Prerequisites: Either BIOL 010, BIOL 100 or PSYC 010. Offered as needed.

PSYC 200. Independent Study in Psychology (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average. Subject to approval of the chair of the department. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conference, project, and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a maximum total of twelve semester hours; no more than two different independent studies may be taken in any term. Prerequisite: Previous study in psychology or permission of the department chair.

PSYC 201. Statistics with SPSS (3 hrs)

Advanced statistics course covering data management; choosing which statistical analyses to use when investigating different kinds of questions; conducting analyses using SPSS; and interpreting results to draw conclusions about human behavior. Statistical analyses covered will include t-tests, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, correlation, and chi- square, with an emphasis on effect sizes and practical significance. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Course requires a scheduled exam. 

PSYC 220. Tests and Measurement (4 hrs)

Test theory and construction, including such areas as intelligence, aptitude, interest, personality, and achievement testing. Practice in administering, evaluating, and constructing tests. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission of instructor. Preference in registration will be given to juniors and seniors.

PSYC 225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology (4 hrs)

An examination of the relationship of the brain and the rest of the body to behavior. Topics covered include physiological mechanisms for visual and auditory perception, arousal and sleep, eating and drinking, emotionality and aggression, learning and reward, and memory. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 and PSYC 101.

PSYC 240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition (4 hrs)

The theoretical and experimental issues in the area of perceptual and cognitive processes. Topics to be covered include problem solving, visual thinking, human information processing, and attention. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 and PSYC 101.

PSYC 262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning (4 hrs)

A survey of how one’s experience affects subsequent behavior and thought. The course will address learning from both behavioral (operant conditioning) and cognitive (memory processes) perspectives. Emphasis is on both theory and empiricism. Includes both lecture and laboratory work. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 and PSYC 101.

PSYC 270. History and Systems in Psychology (4 hrs)

An introduction to the systems and schools of psychology with emphasis on their historical antecedents. The contributions of each system to contemporary psychology will be stressed. Required for the major. Generally taken in the senior (graduating) year. Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 280. Internship in Psychology (1-4 hrs)

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting. The apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 2.0 overall cumulative average and a 3.0 average in psychology courses taken. Prerequisites: PSYC 010 and at least one psychology course related to the area of the internship and permission of the department chair. Maximum credit per term is one course.

PSYC 282. Special Topics in Psychology (1-4 hrs)

An issue or problem in contemporary psychology will be studied intensively. The specific content and methods for study will be announced prior to beginning of the course. Previous topics have included ”The Psychology of Dreams,”  “Childhood Atypical Development,” and “Introduction to Clinical Psychology.” Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 290. Honors Independent Study in Psychology (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to juniors and seniors with 3.5 average in psychology, subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors independent study will result in a major paper arising from empirical research and/or from a literature review. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of eight semester hours. Prerequisite: Status as a psychology major.

Internships

AT&T Research Laboratories

Juvenile Psychological Services Program of the Forsyth County Department of Juvenile Justice

Adult psychiatry division of the Medical Center of Princeton University

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County public schools

Safe Harbor runaway shelter in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Family Life Center of Reidsville, N.C.  

Success Stories
What sets Salem apart is the professors’ dedication and desire to help students individually. Professors make it a priority to be readily available to meet with students on an individual basis. My three internships gave me a glimpse of my future career path and cemented my decision to continue in the field of mental health. Each class, professor, internship, presentation, and independent research had a substantial impact on the graduate student that I am now and the type of clinician I hope to one day be. I would not trade my experience for any other.
Lauren Moody

Class Year: 

2012

Major: 

Psychology

Graduate Studies: 

  • Masters in psychology at The New School For Social Research in New York City.
  • Currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC

Career:

Psychology extern in the Child Development Clinic at Children's National Health System in Washington, DC

Your Program

The psychology curriculum has three objectives: to help you develop an understanding of the theories, principles, methodologies, research findings, and applications of psychology; to help you develop your critical and analytical thinking and communications skills as they relate to the study of psychology; and to prepare you for admission to graduate or professional training in psychology or related fields.

Your Experience

Salem's psychology students are eager to combine the study of psychological theory with hands-on research and fieldwork. Many of them supplement their work with a minor or second major in a field such as communication, business, or education.

Your Faculty

As active practitioners in the field, the faculty members are able to convey to your and your fellow students the latest advancements in psychological scholarship.

Your Results

When you major in psychology, you may continue on to graduate study or to a career in psychology and psychiatry, counseling, social work, communication, and other fields. Thanks to the department's liberal-arts underpinning, you will be armed with superior skills in communication, analytical ability, and critical thinking.

You will join other successful Salem Psychology Department graduates like the following in pursuing your goals: Jessica Atkinson C'99, Orange County Department of Social Services; Kate Pinkerton Long C'04, learning consultant, Muskingun College; Alicia Columbo C'03, lead resident counselor, Eliada Homes, Inc.; and Lesley Simmons C'04, master's program, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Psychology Major (BA)

A student seeking a bachelor of arts degree with a major in psychology must complete nine courses (thirty-three semester hours minimum) in psychology:

Required core courses:

  • PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 101. Statistics (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 102. Research Methods in Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 220. Tests and Measurement (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 270. History and Systems in Psychology (4 hrs)

Experimental Psychology (choose one course):

  • PSYC 225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning (4 hrs)

Applied Psychology (choose two courses):

  • PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 130. Social Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 140. Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 150. Psychology of Personality (3 hrs)

One elective course, other than PSYC 280 (3 hrs min.) Must be taken at Salem.

A student who intends to major in psychology is encouraged to complete PSYC 101 during her first year and PSYC 102 during her sophomore year.

At least five of the courses necessary for a major (BA) in psychology must be completed at Salem. 


Psychology Major (BS)

The bachelor of science degree in psychology requires additional coursework to provide a broader background in the biological and chemical underpinnings of behavior and more thorough training in psychological research, and is recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate school. 

A student who seeks the bachelor of science degree with a major in psychology must complete sixteen courses (fifty-five semester hours minimum), including ten courses in psychology.

Required core courses:

  • PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 101. Statistics (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 102. Tests and Measurement (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 270. History and Systems in Psychology (4 hrs)

Experimental Psychology (two courses):

Required: PSYC 225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology (4 hrs)

Choose one:

  • PSYC 240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning (4 hrs)

Applied Psychology (choose two courses):

  • PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 130. Social Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 140. Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 150. Psychology of Personality (3 hrs)

Senior Thesis (choose one):

  • PSYC 200. Independent Study (3 hrs min.)
  • PSYC 290. Honors Independent Study (3 hrs min.)

Allied Disciplines (six courses):

  • BIOL 100. Cell and Molecular Biology (4 hrs)
  • BIOL 101. Biodiversity (4 hrs)
  • BIOL 218. Anatomy and Physiology I (5 hrs)
  • CHEM 110. General Chemistry (5 hrs)

Choose one:

  • MATH 107. Statistical Methods with R (4 hrs)
  • SOCI 215. Social Statistics (3 hrs)

Choose one:

  • MATH 070. Essential Calculus (4 hrs)
  • MATH 100. Calculus I (5 hrs)

NOTE: Students who intend to pursue graduate education in neuroscience or careers in the health sciences are advised to take Math 100 rather than Math 070. 

At least five of the ten psychology courses required for the major (BS) must be taken at Salem. The Senior Thesis will consist of an original research project designed in collaboration with a faculty mentor and culminating in a thesis paper and presentation; students are encouraged to prepare and design the study during their junior year and conduct the study during the Fall of their senior year.

A student who intends to major in psychology is encouraged to complete PSYC 101 during her first year and PSYC 102 during her sophomore year. 


Psychology Minor

The minor in psychology requires completion of five courses. At least three of the five courses for the minor must be taken at Salem.

Required course:

  • PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 101. Statistics (4 hrs)

Experimental Psychology (choose one course):

  • PSYC 102. Research Methods in Psychology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 220. Tests and Measurement (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition (4 hrs)
  • PSYC 262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning (4 hrs)

Applied Psychology (choose two courses):

  • PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 130. Social Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 140. Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSYC 150. Psychology of Personality (3 hrs) 

PSYC 010. Introduction to Psychology (4 hrs)

Psychology as a science and a discipline. Survey of major subject areas such as biological bases of behavior, human growth, and development, perception, learning, motivation, emotions, personality theory, social and abnormal psychology. Required for the major. (QI)

PSYC 100. Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)

Psychological development from conception through adulthood, with emphasis on cognitive, social, and biological factors. Methodological questions are emphasized as is the nature/nurture issue. Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 101. Statistics (4 hrs)

Elementary descriptive statistics and inferential statistics, both parametric and nonparametric. Emphasis on those statistical concepts and techniques useful in analyzing empirical data in both the behavioral and biological sciences. Discussion of these techniques within the context of their application to concrete research situations. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 or permission of instructor. (QI)

PSYC 102. Research Methods in Psychology (4 hrs)

An introduction to methodology in psychology. Design, execution, analysis, and critical evaluation of psychological research. Applications include laboratory and descriptive research. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 and PSYC 101.

PSYC 110. Psychology of Women (3 hrs)

Given the different life experiences of men and women, this course considers psychological theory and research from a feministic perspective in such areas as women’s development, achievement, sexuality, and work. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. (WS)

PSYC 130. Social Psychology (3 hrs)

An analysis of various current theories, topics, and research methodologies in social psychology. Some of the topics covered include social perception, impression formation, attraction, pro-social and anti-social interpersonal behavior, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, social roles, group influence on behavior, group dynamics, leadership, and social ecology. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as SOCI 205.

PSYC 140. Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)

Origins, symptoms, and methods of treatment of deviant behaviors with illustrative case material. Social and clinical aspects of psychological disturbances. Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 150. Psychology of Personality (3 hrs)

A summary of major historical and contemporary theories of personality, including relevant research and evaluation of each theory with concern for current applications. Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 160. Human Sexuality (3 hrs)

An analysis of the psychological, physiological, and sociocultural aspects of human sexual behavior and attitudes. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. (WS)

PSYC 180. Animal Behavior (3 hrs)

Exploration of the mechanisms, development, evolution, and adaptive functions of naturally occurring behavior in animals, with an emphasis on vertebrates in the wild. Topics include learning, feeding, avoiding predators, reproduction, and social organization. Lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Cross-listed as BIOL 180. Prerequisites: Either BIOL 010, BIOL 100 or PSYC 010. Offered as needed.

PSYC 200. Independent Study in Psychology (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average. Subject to approval of the chair of the department. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conference, project, and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a maximum total of twelve semester hours; no more than two different independent studies may be taken in any term. Prerequisite: Previous study in psychology or permission of the department chair.

PSYC 201. Statistics with SPSS (3 hrs)

Advanced statistics course covering data management; choosing which statistical analyses to use when investigating different kinds of questions; conducting analyses using SPSS; and interpreting results to draw conclusions about human behavior. Statistical analyses covered will include t-tests, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, correlation, and chi- square, with an emphasis on effect sizes and practical significance. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Course requires a scheduled exam. 

PSYC 220. Tests and Measurement (4 hrs)

Test theory and construction, including such areas as intelligence, aptitude, interest, personality, and achievement testing. Practice in administering, evaluating, and constructing tests. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission of instructor. Preference in registration will be given to juniors and seniors.

PSYC 225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology (4 hrs)

An examination of the relationship of the brain and the rest of the body to behavior. Topics covered include physiological mechanisms for visual and auditory perception, arousal and sleep, eating and drinking, emotionality and aggression, learning and reward, and memory. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 and PSYC 101.

PSYC 240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition (4 hrs)

The theoretical and experimental issues in the area of perceptual and cognitive processes. Topics to be covered include problem solving, visual thinking, human information processing, and attention. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 and PSYC 101.

PSYC 262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning (4 hrs)

A survey of how one’s experience affects subsequent behavior and thought. The course will address learning from both behavioral (operant conditioning) and cognitive (memory processes) perspectives. Emphasis is on both theory and empiricism. Includes both lecture and laboratory work. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 and PSYC 101.

PSYC 270. History and Systems in Psychology (4 hrs)

An introduction to the systems and schools of psychology with emphasis on their historical antecedents. The contributions of each system to contemporary psychology will be stressed. Required for the major. Generally taken in the senior (graduating) year. Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 280. Internship in Psychology (1-4 hrs)

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting. The apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 2.0 overall cumulative average and a 3.0 average in psychology courses taken. Prerequisites: PSYC 010 and at least one psychology course related to the area of the internship and permission of the department chair. Maximum credit per term is one course.

PSYC 282. Special Topics in Psychology (1-4 hrs)

An issue or problem in contemporary psychology will be studied intensively. The specific content and methods for study will be announced prior to beginning of the course. Previous topics have included ”The Psychology of Dreams,”  “Childhood Atypical Development,” and “Introduction to Clinical Psychology.” Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

PSYC 290. Honors Independent Study in Psychology (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to juniors and seniors with 3.5 average in psychology, subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors independent study will result in a major paper arising from empirical research and/or from a literature review. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of eight semester hours. Prerequisite: Status as a psychology major.

What sets Salem apart is the professors’ dedication and desire to help students individually. Professors make it a priority to be readily available to meet with students on an individual basis. My three internships gave me a glimpse of my future career path and cemented my decision to continue in the field of mental health. Each class, professor, internship, presentation, and independent research had a substantial impact on the graduate student that I am now and the type of clinician I hope to one day be. I would not trade my experience for any other.
Lauren Moody

Class Year: 

2012

Major: 

Psychology

Graduate Studies: 

  • Masters in psychology at The New School For Social Research in New York City.
  • Currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC

Career:

Psychology extern in the Child Development Clinic at Children's National Health System in Washington, DC

AT&T Research Laboratories

Juvenile Psychological Services Program of the Forsyth County Department of Juvenile Justice

Adult psychiatry division of the Medical Center of Princeton University

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County public schools

Safe Harbor runaway shelter in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Family Life Center of Reidsville, N.C.