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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

Minors


A minor concentration in psychology may be completed by students majoring in other disciplines.


Mission Statement


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.


Vision


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.


Counseling Emphasis


Program designed for careers in clinical psychology, counseling and other areas related to mental health, academia and research, as well as professional employment.


Experimental Psychology


Program designed for advanced careers in research, physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and academia.


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.