Wilson offers outstanding programs of study in Psychology and Sociology. Inherently interdisciplinary, these majors are designed to help students develop a critical understanding of human beings and the societies we create.
These programs adopt a rigorous, scientific approach to understanding behavior, an approach that provides the solid foundation necessary for admission to graduate programs and/or for immediate employment in a myriad of service-based occupations. Like Lewin, we believe that “There’s nothing so useful as a good theory,” but the majors in Psychology and Sociology likewise require skill-based courses in statistics and the use of computer software programs to help the student master basic research methods. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to participate in laboratory and/or field work, because human behavior often can be studied best outside of the classroom and because research projects, internships, and other types of practical experiences are important preparation for a career in the behavioral sciences.
As practical as they are popular, majors in Psychology and Sociology readily translate into careers in teaching, counseling, research, social work, health sciences, advertising, marketing, personnel management, conflict mediation, and forensics. Many careers require only the baccalaureate degree while others require graduate or professional training. In both, Wilson students have an excellent record in obtaining placements. Faculty assist in designing a program of study that meets admissions requirements for graduate school and can often suggest institutions based on students’ career objectives.