Bachelor of Science: Psychology
Improve Mental Health and Well-being
Studies in psychology provide insight into the mind while developing skills in research design and statistical methods. Students will also be challenged to advance abilities in critical thinking, problem solving and communication.
GGC’s unique focus on student engagement serves students at all levels – including freshmen – with faculty/student collaborations on research projects, conference presentations, even co-authoring articles published in academic journals.
Access to bachelor's degrees for more people, where potential trumps privilege, and tenacity and commitment matter more than one’s academic past. Honors Program? We’ve got you covered there, too.
Attentive education that focuses on your success with faculty mentorships that linger after graduation. Standards are high, but you’ve got this with access to tutoring and professors who are engaged in your success.
GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture and affordable tuition educate today's careers, and change the future for students at all levels, of all ages, from all walks of life.
The clinical / personality specialization explores the relationship between typical personality development and atypical processes leading to mental illness. It involves the study of the science and practice of providing assessment and treatment services at individual, family or community levels to people with or at risk for mental illness. A background in this specialization is relevant for students who have career interests in fields related to human mental health and wellbeing, such as psychologists, social workers, or marriage and family therapists. It is also relevant for students interested in careers that apply knowledge of the causes, diagnoses, progression, treatment and public policy implications of mental disorders (e.g., in community agencies or research settings).
The cognition and neuroscience specialization’s underlying philosophy is that there is a strong need for an interface of cognition, biology, and evolutionary theory. The specialization explores areas such as learning and memory, sensation and perception, decision-making, neuropsychology, memory, and the evolutionary basis and the adaptive significance of behavior.
The developmental/educational specialization focuses on the development of children, adolescents, and adults. This area is relevant for students with interests in human development in applied settings (e.g., schools and community agencies).
Focusing on the relationship between the individual and the social environment, the social / applied specialization examines the impact of individuals, organizations and culture on thought and behavior. It is well-suited for those who are interested in the issue of how broader social forces affect themselves and others.
Volunteer Research Opportunities
GGC students in psychology may be selected to work in laboratories of faculty members who have ongoing research projects. The GGC Psychology Research Assistantship Application is the first step in finding opportunities. If selected, faculty members will contact volunteers. Email the School of Liberal Arts to inquire.
Other external sources of research experience may be found on the websites below:
If you are interested in learning more about psychology as a field or careers in psychology, please visit any of the websites listed below:
- American Psychological Association (APA) Psych Careers online tool
- APA Education and Career
- Association for Psychological Science (APS)
- Southeastern Psychological Association
- Psi Chi (The International Honor Society in Psychology)
- American Psychological Association
- The Association of Black Psychologists
- Society for Research in Child Development
- Society for Research on Adolescence
Careers and Grad School Prep
Students interested in pursuing a career immediately after graduation will gain a wealth of experiences in the applied aspects of psychology.
- Individual, marriage and family therapy
- Social work
- Community and public agencies
- Public policy
Also, those interested in obtaining advance degrees will have a strong theoretical foundation for the fields of psychology, law, business, medicine and a wide range of other graduate degrees.
GGC fosters partnerships with local community organizations to provide learning opportunities and tangible experiences that move portfolios to the top of the employment pile.
- Academic conference presentations
- Service learning
Minors, Certificates, Certifications
Minors, certificates and certifications add value and enhance degrees for enrolled degree-seeking students. Learn more about available professional certificate programs for non-degree seeking students.
Challenge. Question. Collaborate. Contribute.
Unique to GGC’s focus on student engagement, faculty invite students at all levels – including freshmen – to collaborate on research projects, conference presentations, even co-authoring articles published in academic journals.