Faculty members of the Psychology Department are active scholars, and the department is equipped with research facilities aimed for use in student-guided projects. In addition, the Psychology Department promotes collaboration between Centenary students and scientists at the nearby Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.
About the Major
Psychology is a field that bridges the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. At Centenary, the psychology major emphasizes the scientific study of behavior while recognizing the role that psychology can play in everyday life. The curriculum focuses on understanding both normal and atypical behavior in human and nonhuman animals. Active learning is emphasized with many opportunities for internships and independent research.
Course offerings include human growth and development, abnormal psychology, experimental psychology, theories of personality, and psychopharmacology. In general, students are stimulated to think critically and communicate ideas clearly so they can better understand themselves and others.
Psychology is a fascinating field, and knowing what factors influence and guide human behavior and attitudes has practical benefits. Graduating psychology majors have been successful in entering graduate school in psychology, including clinical/counseling, industrial/organizational, and experimental programs. Others have chosen to enter law school, medical school, or the business world. The Psychology Department coordinates Centenary's 3/2 program in speech-language pathology, and graduates have been successful in entering this allied-health profession.