The Psychology Department at Belmont University hosts a vibrant learning community. The faculty is dedicated and enthusiastic, offering a range of learning opportunities both inside and outside the traditional classroom, including research experiences, commuity internships, and using computer and online technologies.
The psychology major has been developed in the tradition of liberal arts that emphasizes scientific education. The psychology curriculum is designed both to prepare students for post graduate study in psychology and to develop a deeper understanding of human behavior. An active Psi Chi and Psychology Club provide students with opportunities to engage in numerous academic and service activities.
Working closely with faculty on research topics chosen by the students themselves, students have opportunities not only to learn practical research and critical thinking skills, but to develop close professional relationships that last long after graduating. Students gain valuable practical experience by working in a variety of community internships, such as private schools, high schools, and other mental health facilities. Students develop lifelong learning skills as well as an appreciation for diversity and cross-cultural issues.
Students have opportunities to present their research and develop important professional contacts at regional and national meetings. In just the past few years, psychology majors at Belmont have presented their research at meetings held in such places as San Francisco, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, and New Orleans.
Because our program provides such a strong background in liberal arts education, our majors are very successful in gaining admission to quality graduate and professional programs and in getting good jobs. Belmont psychology graduates have gone on to earn post-graduate degrees in areas such as Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biopsychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Human Resource Development, Business Administration, Forensics, Social Work, Law, Theology, Medical School, and Education, to name a few. Graduates are also involved in a great variety of occupations, ranging from an Accountant to a Youth Director, from a Director of a Counseling Center to a Professor of Psychology in a university, from a Transitional Living Specialist to a Marriage and Family Therapist, and from a Director of Student Life to a President of private company.