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How is the Wofford Program Different?

Wofford's Psychology Program differs from most psychology programs because it is a well-established part of the Natural Sciences Curriculum, along with other recognized scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and physics. Psychology is a broad collection of diverse disciplines that is often misunderstood by the general public. Wofford's Psychology Program is based on an integrated-systems approach that teaches the student how cognition and behavior are produced by the interaction of genetics, neurobiology, social environment, learning, hormones, and expectations.

Most areas of psychology rely heavily on the scientific basis of its explanations of behavior. Unfortunately, some areas of psychology do not seem concerned with the weak empirical basis of their theories. For example, Freudian psychoanalysis is rarely concerned about the lack of evidence supporting the hypothetical subconscious states that have been proposed to influence behavior. Over the last century, psychology has become the data-based scientific study of behavior. The nonscientific areas of psychology have floundered. They have been relegated to pseudoscience or the history books.

Wofford's Psychology Program provides two guarantees about the knowledge we offer about human and nonhuman behavior:

  • We study the full range of human and nonhuman behavior with the techniques of science.
  • Applications that derive from this knowledge are scientifically based.

We will teach you the tools to separate fact from fantasy. We will provide you with a strong scientific foundation for all areas of psychology. You will have abundant opportunities to create new knowledge by carrying out your own research. You will graduate with the critical thinking skills and background in the fundamentals of psychology to enter a wide range of careers.

A Rare Opportunity!

When you graduate from our Psychology Program, you will have more to show for your education than simply a list of courses completed. By working one-on-one with your professor on your senior thesis, you will be able to show two additional accomplishments to prospective employers and graduate school admissions committees:

  • You will have mastered the research literature in your chosen area and written a comprehensive literature review.
  • You will have carried out publication-quality research in your chosen area, creating new knowledge in the field.

Both of these opportunities are rarely offered by undergraduate institutions. As a result, these accomplishments will make you a stronger competitor as you apply to graduate or professional schools or seek employment. 

Selecting a college is an important step!

Shouldn't you select the school that provides the educational foundations you need to be successful in a competitive world and excellent opportunities for graduate study?