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Psychology

Department of Communication Studies and Psychology

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Dr. Kristine Copping, left, with Farrah Mahan ’16

Major:

  • Psychology

Minor:

  • Psychology

Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.

Psychology: Preparation for Life

Most students will take at least one psychology class while at Huntingdon. Psychology courses are useful for a variety of career paths and for graduate or professional study. The psychology major and minor include curricula that are flexible and can be customized to serve a variety of needs and interests.

Psychology at Work

The study of psychology at Huntingdon means participating in your coursework through active involvement in the community. Internships, guest speakers, clubs, and organizations bring the knowledge you have gained in the classroom to life and give you experience for your résumé. Located in the state’s capital city, Huntingdon has access to a variety of internship placement sites. Recent students have chosen internships with the State of Alabama, private adoption agencies, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, pastoral counseling programs, and local crisis counseling centers.

At Huntingdon, you will study in an environment where you can know and be known. Small classes allow for professors to know you well and to help you refine your career path and study objectives. Respected faculty who have current knowledge in the field, connections with local and state agencies and clinics for internship placements, and a broad-based liberal arts curriculum prepare you to follow nearly any career path upon graduation. You will also be prepared to enter graduate study in psychology, forensics, social work, counseling, or a related field.

Through the Huntingdon Plan, you may travel and study with a group of classmates during your senior year, with costs included in regular tuition and fees. A laptop computer and books and information resources are also provided as part of the Plan.

Honor Societies, Awards, and Clubs

  • Huntingdon’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology, has been in place since the 1960s. New members are inducted each spring to this well-respected society.
  • The L.G. Bailey Psychology Award is granted each year to the graduating senior who is judged by the faculty to be the “most outstanding” student based on GPA, course work, and involvement in the community.
  • The Psychology Club is a social organization for majors, minors and any Huntingdon students who are interested in psychology.
  • Eligible students may deepen their studies through involvement in the Hobbs Honors Program.

Faculty Contact

  • Kristine Copping, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Chair, Department of Communication Studies and Psychology

Graduate Schools

Psychology majors have continued to graduate school in a wide variety of subjects, including drug and alcohol abuse counseling, clinical psychology, marriage and family counseling, forensic psychology, school counseling and educational psychology, cultural psychology, sport psychology, law, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, and seminary. Graduates in recent years have entered graduate or professional programs at the University of Alabama, the College of William and Mary, Marymount University, Asbury Seminary, Boston College, Duke University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama A&M, Auburn University, Troy University, Barry University, and Marquette University.

Careers in Psychology

Nathan Howell in Baccalaureate line-up

Nathaniel (Nathan) Howell ’16 (center) is employed with the Huntingdon College Office of Student Financial Services.

While many of our graduates continue their education in graduate schools (approximately 80% of Psychology graduates apply to graduate school, with a near 100% acceptance rate), you can, in fact, start a career with a BA in psychology. Graduates of the major have careers in human relations, general counseling, college admission counseling, sales, coaching, business, and law enforcement, among other fields.