Department of Psychology

“The mission of the Department of Psychology is to encourage students to live extraordinary lives through a curriculum informed by the values of liberal education.  This will be accomplished by (1) providing students with core scientific literacy in the fundamental areas within psychology, (2) maximizing the development of critical thinking, research skills, creative expression, and proficiency in communication, (3) fostering personal and social awareness towards an increase in personal integrity, (4) encouraging community and global responsibility, cultural competence and diversity, and service.”


The outstanding faculty in the Psychology Department have a wide range of interests and areas of expertise, and faculty are strongly committed to providing extraordinary, hands-on educational experiences that help students to think critically about real-world issues.These hands-on experiences start early in our program with a Introductory Psychology laboratory that includes, among other things, students being involved in activities that simulate pregnancy, psychosis, and cultural immersion.

These types of experiences continue throughout our undergraduate program and culminate in an applied field experience capstone course. During this course, students integrate information learned throughout the Psychology program with applied experiences in the community.

In addition, the faculty value advanced educational opportunities and therefore offer master’s level degrees: M.S. in Applied Gerontology and an M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology.
The graduate programs are rigorous, applied programs that train students in the skills and knowledge to enter into a particular professional field and/or advance within their current field.

The Psychology Department also runs the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS) which offers individual and group therapeutic services on a sliding scale fee to community members.

Throughout all programs in the Psychology Department, there is an emphasis on the integration of knowledge and skills with an emphasis on critical thinking and good decision making. We hope that you will join us in this endeavor.

Julie V. Battle, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor of Psychology

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Brenau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.