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The Psychology Program at Cumberland University offers students a chance to explore the many fascinating topics in the field of Psychology, including:
- Social Psychology - the study of prejudice, aggression, attraction and altruism
- Biological Psychology - how the brain and body affect behavior
- Psychopharmacology - how drugs affect the brain
- Cognitive Psychology - the study of memory, language and problem-solving
- Organizational Psychology - personnel selection, worker morale, training and development, performance appraisals and marketing
- Abnormal Psychology - psychological and personality disorders, mental illness and mental health
The Psychology Program prepares undergraduate students for careers in social work, personnel training, administration, nursing/physician assistant, top and mid-level management, sales and marketing. The program also prepares students for graduate study in fields such as law, business and psychology. After completion of the B.S. in Psychology at Cumberland University, many students choose to pursue graduate studies in psychology, including counseling, clinical, industrial/organizational and/or experimental specializations.
The psychology faculty members are dedicated to providing learning experiences that inspire student achievement, foster academic excellence, instill ethics and values, promote service and facilitate lifelong learning.
Beginning in the fall semester of 2010, students who plan to teach psychology in the secondary school system can complete a dual major in Secondary Education. This dual-degree option is offered collaboratively by the faculty of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences (SLAS) and the School of Education & Public Service to ensure that Cumberland graduates interested in teaching in Tennessee’s schools are highly qualified to teach in their subject areas.
The Secondary Education dual major option is 36 semester hours, including student teaching, and cannot be taken except as a dual major. The dual major option can be completed along with the B.S. in Psychology in 120 semester hours. A dual major limits the number of general electives a student may take, so it is important that students interested in this option see an advisor early in their programs of study. Click here for more information.
The BS degree in Psychology consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours:
- 44-47 hours from the GEC
- 24 hours from psychology core courses
- 9 hours of upper-level psychology courses
- 42-43 hours of general electives
For complete course descriptions, please review our undergraduate catalog.
For further information about Psychology at Cumberland, please contact the program director, Dr. Catherine Smith.