Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Overview

Majoring in psychology at Barton provides you with a solid science-based, generalist background—precisely the preparation that will make you a strong contender when applying for jobs or graduate school. Along with small classes and involved faculty, you’ll find opportunities for extensive internship experiences and individual original research.

Thinking about a double major? Whatever your other area of interest – whether it’s biology, religion, business, English – majoring in psychology will enhance your learning in that field.

Special Features

As part of the major, you’ll design an independent research project. Through a series of classes and with substantial guidance by Barton professors, you’ll gain invaluable experience collecting and analyzing data, producing a written report, and presenting your findings to the Barton community. Most students also present their findings at the Carolinas Psychology Conference held in Raleigh, NC.

You’ll also complete a 150-hour, off-campus internship. Our small size enables us to help you find a placement in an area specifically suited to your interests.

Course Information

Psychology majors must take the following courses:

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Communicating in Psychology
  • Experimental Design
  • Quantitative Design
  • Introduction to Personality
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Learning and Motivation
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Internship
  • Research Methodology
  • Senior Thesis

Elective courses include a wide range of classes, such as Psychology of Aging, Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence, Sport Psychology, Health Psychology, and Individual Problems.

Internships

Because of our internship requirement—and because of the breadth of our students’ interests—our majors intern at a host of sites. These include:

  • Autism Society
  • Alliance One
  • Human Centric
  • Barton College Student Affairs
  • Brian Center
  • Wesley Shelter
  • Fike High School
  • Toisnot Middle School
  • Wilson Recreation Center
  • Neurology Clinic
  • Mediation Center of Eastern Care
  • Metametrix
  • Wilson Police Department, Forensic Unit
  • Wilson Medical Center, Rehabilitative Services Department
  • Wilson Sleep Clinic

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for psychology majors are nearly limitless. You can go into business, human relations, social services, teaching—you name it.

To learn more about the career possibilities available with a psychology degree, check out the following Web sites:

Clubs and Organizations

Membership in the Psychology Club is open to all students interested in psychology.