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Psychology

You would be hard pressed to find a major at Rollins with more breadth of applications than psychology. It has relevance in every personal relationship and every career. That’s why students with degrees in the major understand the world in a whole new light—the “world” being people in the same room or across the globe.

The emphasis is on experiential learning, which includes work with preschool children, practice of therapeutic skills, and doing experimental labs. These hands-on experiences are rare for undergraduates, let alone first- and second-year students. With them, determine which specific application of psychology you want to further explore, be it education, business, or psychological practice.

Why Study Psychology at Rollins

Invaluable Life Skills

Clinical and behavioral psychology are just two career paths for which you’re prepared. Grads excel in health care, hospitality, marketing … but also as spouses, parents, and friends.

Individual Mentoring

Our small class sizes allow for an intimate learning environment in which professors serve as advisors and mentors. They know you as a person with unique skill sets and goals.

Tailoring Your Degree

Even students who think they know what they want to do beyond college should gain as much firsthand experience as possible. Try it all first. Then determine what excites you.

Alexis Satterwhite
“Small class sizes foster conversation. Professors are also mentors. These things helped me the most in my current role because the way psychology is taught at Rollins prepared me to understand and connect ideas from very different perspectives. Trust me, this is a huge skill to have in the workplace: to be able to merge opinions from different stakeholders into a successful outcome.”

Alexis Satterwhite ’16

Project Liaison, AdventHealth Innovation Lab

Rollins Psychology Careers

Rollins psychology grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.

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Aaron Bevacqua ’07

Behavior Analyst, Nemours Children’s Hospital; Co-Founder, The Human Institute

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Cara Guthrie ’14

Mental Health Targeted Case Manager, Halifax Behavioral Services Child and Adolescent Unit

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Jasmine Cohen ’14

Licensed Master Social Worker/Mental Health Counselor, Augusta (GA) State Prison

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Ashley Bencan ’07

Education Policy, New Jersey Department of Education

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Mai-Han Nguyen Harrington ’10 ’15MBA

Director of Administration, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

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Elizabeth Berry ’19

Bilingual Legal & Medical Advocate, Resilience

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to internships and research, Rollins psychology students hone their skills in the real world.

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Popular Courses

Our psychology courses emphasize experiential learning, scientific rigor, quantitative literacy, and verbal and written communication skills.

PSY 320
Psychotherapy with Lab

In this creatively collaborative class, theater students improvise as clients for students working as psychologists. It’s as close to real clinical situations as possible without compromising the privacy of patients.

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PSY 319
The Psychology of Work

Become a better leader by examining group dynamics in organizations. This type of relational thinking has become a valuable skill for today’s most progressive businesses.

PSY 341
Learning with Lab

Analyze behavioral patterns and witness the phenomena of learning by carrying out your own labs using live rats in operant chambers.

PSY 328
Developmental Psychology with Lab

Observe young children and personally work with them and their families at the Hume House, an actual preschool built on the Rollins campus. It is the most authentic developmental lab you could possibly imagine.

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PSY 324
Neuropsychology

Discover the ways our brains are wired differently and similarly, learning why people have different outlooks on life and why we interact with the world the way we do.

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PSY 329
Environmental Psychology

Why do you feel a certain way on a sunny day? What about in the confines of a dark, cluttered room? You’ll explore how natural and built environments affect thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Psychology Major

“I have been able to engage in research specific to my interests in education, on both a local and global scale while at Rollins.”

Alexandria Tomkunas ’18

Elementary School Teacher, Teach for America Corps

Beyond the Classroom

Internship Opportunities Rollins partners with prominent health-care organizations to show our students how real-life solutions arise from collaboration among leaders in business, health, and education. Alexis Satterwhite ’16 turned her internship at the AdventHealth Innovation Lab into a full-time career as a project liaison.

Research for Publication Students can do research alongside instructors through the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program and conduct independent studies. As a result, Rollins undergrads are often published in scholarly journals as you would expect only from graduate students at other universities.

International Studies The world itself is the ultimate psychology lab. So there’s no better way to examine how cultures influence behaviors than to study in countries like Spain, Australia, and England. Your psychology advisor will help you create a plan tailored to your personal interest.

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Expert Faculty

Once students identify a specific interest in psychology, they find a professor who can guide and work with them. The faculty members represent the diversity of subfields in psychology, making their classes and career mentoring all the more valuable.

Department of Psychology
Bush Science Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2760
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2227
F. 407.646.2685

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