The Psychology Department at Carson-Newman University seeks to provide an excellent undergraduate learning experience within a supportive Christian environment. The department is located in the Chambliss Building. In addition to traditional academic courses, the Psychology Department offers several practical opportunities through community field work, internships, independent research projects and teaching assistantships. One distinguishing feature of the Psychology Department is our emphasis on community participation and service. Following graduation, alumni have entered a variety of vocational fields,including mental health, the ministry, education, law, research, business and industry.
Students may choose between three majors: General Psychology, Applied Psychology or Social Entrepreneurship. The General Psychology major is designed for students who are interested in a broad-based, liberal arts education with a comprehensive introduction to the field of psychology. The Applied Psychology major is designed for students who plan to work at the bachelors level or who plan to pursue graduate training in an allied health or human service field. The Social Entrepreneurship major equips students to assume positions of leadership and service in the citizenship sector for positive change. Finally, students can also minor in one of our six minors: Applied Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Positive Psychology, Social Entrepreneurship, and Criminology.
Students in both General and Applied Psychology majors are eligible for membership in Psi Chi, the international psychology honor society. All students regardless of major or minor are invited to join the Psychology Club.
Finally, the Psychology department also houses the Masters of Arts in Applied Social Justice. The Masters of Arts in Applied Social Justice is a fully accredited two-year, low residency (mostly online, some on campus) graduate program for individuals called to serve others through churches, faith-based & nonprofit community organizations, and other social enterprises that address root causes of poverty and related ills, and that empower people to help themselves.