Piedmont launches film, neuroscience majors



Jarrett Ray, Features Editor

This fall Piedmont has launched two new undergraduate programs in neuroscience and film production, as well as a new master’s degree in professional counseling. 

Neuroscience classes technically began in fall 2021. Dr. Michael Friedline, assistant professor of psychology, is the head of the program, which focuses on studies of the brain and its impact on behavioral and cognitive function. The degree will allow students to enter careers in fields such as medicine, psychology, psychiatry and more. 

“When I was in high school, I volunteered a lot with individuals with disabilities and various mental disorders and I became interested in how the brain works, not only when interacting with other people, but just how it works in each individual person and that really got me started on it,” said junior Wren Gruebel. 

Greubel was originally a psychology major but decided to double major this year in psychology and neuroscience with a minor in Spanish.

Sophomore Nahomi Solórzano recently switched her major from psychology to film production. Solórzano is interested specifically in screenwriting and directing, and switched majors after attending a screening of student films.

“I honestly love the new film major because I’ve already been able to get hands-on experience. I’ve already done some scriptwriting. I’ve done a little bit of acting. I’ve done work on sets from other people’s productions,” said Solorzano. “It really helps you guide yourself to what you want to do in film because it’s a variety of different things.”

Nahomi Solorzano

The film production major focuses on the study of film history, current industry trends and media production. With a film production degree, students may pursue careers as writers, producers, directors, cinematographers, technicians, editors and other behind-the-scenes opportunities.

“The fact that Piedmont has opened the film production, it really has helped me choose where I want to be and where I am growing more,” Solorzano said. “I’m really excited for the film major and what it’s going to bring as more people are coming because I can’t wait to work with people that have the same passion as me.” 

The master’s in psychology in professional counseling is designed to be completed in 2.5 years, and is a fully virtual program available online. Kathy Robinson, program coordinator for the new master’s program, said the degree is in high demand.

“Piedmont’s online professional counseling program makes it possible to balance work and family while earning your degree fully online,” said Kathy Robinson, program coordinator for the new master’s degree. “Virtual learning and counseling are here to stay.”