The Psychology major is designed to give students a broad background in the study of behavior and mental processes. The program prepares students for graduate school for careers in which knowledge of human behavior and mental processes is essential. All students gain a basic understanding of behavior and mental processes through required courses in general psychology, learning, and research courses. Their academic experience includes four Professional Seminars that tie academic courses together and instills in them the importance of ethics, service, research, and practice in psychology as a profession.

Coursework in Psychology

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Psychology, and includes courses such as:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Adult Development
  • Behavioral Research Methods
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • General Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Learning
  • Personality
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Social Psychology
  • Sport Psychology

Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Psychology:

  • Psi Chi: Honor society in Psychology
  • Sigma Psi Delta: Psychology Club

Experiential & Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Research: Students work closely with faculty members on research projects that often culminate in a presentation of their work at regional and national conferences.
  • Service Learning: Students are given the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired in the psychology program to work with people and programs in the community.


What can I be with a Major in Psychology?

A major in Psychology leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) …
  • Criminologist
  • Day Care Provider
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Employment Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Personnel Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Welfare Worker

Psychology Faculty

Professors of Ferrum College are active participants in the intellectual growth and development of the students.

Angie L. Dahl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
BA, Concordia College
MA, Luther Seminary
MS and PhD, Utah State University
540) 365-4404

Kevin P. Reilly, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Lehigh University
(540) 365-4407

Sharon E. Stein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Psychology
Ph.D., Ohio University

(540) 365-4393

Megan St. Peters, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
(540) 365-6947

Gail L. Summer, Ed.D.
Professor of Teacher Education
B.S., Indiana University
M.Ed., University of South Carolina
Ed.D., University of North Carolina
(540) 365-4208

Administrative Support

Kathy Fletcher
Academic Secretary to Psychology
School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
(540) 365-4514 – Office
(540) 365-4408 – Fax


Find out more

Contact Dr. Sharon E. Stein at