Department of Psychology

Welcome to Psychology at UNCW

Psychology is a basic and applied science, health profession, and undergraduate liberal arts major. The UNCW Psychology Department supports outstanding Undergraduate, Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctoral (Ph.D.) programs. 

Our department is strongly committed to the involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in the research process. Students work as junior colleague with our dedicated faculty to investigate a wide variety of topics including basic brain processes, drug effects, social cognitive factors underlying prejudice, ways to reduce school violence and the evaluation of psychological treatments-to name but a few. Please click on the research link to find out more about the research activities in which we invite you to take part.

The department also actively involves students in service learning in a variety of ways. Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom in practicum experiences or community research projects. Psychology faculty and students are found in community settings which range from preschools to prisons. The graduates of our Bachelor of Arts program are prepared for further education in psychology and other professions and to take their place in the world of work. The study of psychology gives students the chance to use technology, learn to communicate, and be able to analyze ideas critically.

Our graduate program has three concentrations -- Psychological Science, Neuroscience and Behavior, and Applied Behavior Analysis. The Psychological Science concentration is designed to provide advanced preparation for the students wishing to pursue doctoral-level study in any area of psychology, but also trains students to work in research settings or to teach at the community college level. The Neuroscience and Behavior concentration is designed to provide advanced reparation for students wishing to pursue doctoral-level study in neuroscience-related areas and also trains students to work in neuroscience-related research settings or to teach at the community college level. The Applied Behavior Analysis concentration trains students to provide effective treatments for developmental disabilities such as autism and mental retardation as well as other applications of behavior analytic techniques. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Licensed Psychological Associate and the Certified Behavior Analyst examinations. Please click on student information for more data on graduate and undergraduate admissions and degree requirements.

Please take time to browse the website and learn more about psychology and our department. Be sure to look at our Values, Mission & Vision Statement and our Strategic Plan. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

Julian Keith, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
Department of Psychology