The Department of Psychology serves students who are majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The psychology program reflects the breadth, excitement, and rigor of scientific inquiry into human behavior and experience. It serves four groups of students:
- Those who want to sample the discipline.
- Those who think psychology might enrich their main academic/professional interest: business administration, education, religion and philosophy, sociology, anthropology, creative writing, health sciences, or law.
- Those who need psychology for "helping professions" such as human resources, secondary teaching, vocational and educational guidance, special education, early childhood education, or day-care work.
- Those who intend to pursue a career in professional psychology: college or university teaching, research, or clinical or industrial psychology.
As students of psychology, faculty and majors should uphold the following tenets and values that are fundamental to our curriculum:
- Psychology is science. Majors should learn the philosophy and principles of science and be well versed in theory, methods, and statistics (i.e., the foundations of scientific inquiry).
- Psychology is practice. Majors should gain experience in applying psychological principles and methods to understanding and solving real-world problems.
- Psychology is diverse. Majors should be exposed to a variety of fields and perspectives within the discipline to gain a broad-based knowledge and appreciation of how psychologists seek to understand the world.
- Psychology is honorable. Majors should learn the values deemed important in psychology and should strive to comply with accepted ethical principles in research and practice.
- Psychology is challenging. Majors should expect a curriculum that requires them to question their preconceptions, to practice skeptical inquiry, to engage in analytic and synthetic thinking, to show tolerance for views that they may not share, and to struggle with work that is difficult but often rewarding.
- Psychology is collaborative. Majors will work with the faculty and their peers inside and outside the classroom in order to draw on the expertise of others, share individual areas of expertise with others, and create a supportive learning community.
- Psychology is empowering. Although the faculty and curriculum offer guidance to students in their courses and endeavors, ultimately majors are responsible for shaping their own educational experience.
Find Your Fit
At Rollins, our students have an opportunity to experience the diversity of our field and find their own particular interests. Students can observe the development of social and cognitive skills of preschool children at the Child Development and Student Research Center, a laboratory school that serves as the focus for laboratory exercises in developmental psychology and other courses. Our students will also learn fundamental learning principles in our operant laboratory, dissect sheep brains in physiological psychology, discover more about themselves in Tests & Measurements, and work on cutting-edge research as they work towards an honors in the major research project.
A World of Options
Looking to the future, one of the great benefits of a BA degree in psychology at Rollins College is the options available to our graduates. While some graduates may choose academic psychology, going on to graduate school, or applied psychology, in fields such as school psychology, forensic psychology, psychiatry, industrial/organization psychology, or counseling psychology, still others pursue careers in law, medicine, or business. Because psychology is the study of human behavior, and because psychology majors graduate with an understanding of the scientific method, the rules of logic, and an understanding of statistics, the psychology degree serves as a strong foundation for success in many fields within and beyond psychology.