Jun 24, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Psychology, B.A.

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The Psychology major offers students a chance to study why people act, think, and feel as they do. This comprehensive undergraduate program, developed in accordance with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association, is designed both for students who plan to go directly into employment upon graduation, and for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies. While many of our students pursue careers in the field of psychology, the skills and knowledge gained from the Psychology major are applicable to many different careers as well. Students have considerable flexibility in choosing courses that are most compatible with their interests and career goals.

The mission of the Psychology Program at Neumann University is to educate our students to be able to contribute to society by thinking clearly, understanding and valuing diversity, applying knowledge in service to others, and respecting the life-long search for understanding. To these ends, we teach our students to think critically, value objectivity, and communicate clearly whether speaking or writing.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will earn either a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major concepts, theories, empirical findings, historical trends, and basic scientific research methods in the field of psychology.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information using critical thinking and skeptical inquiry; and communicate scientific ideas effectively and clearly both in written and oral formats using APA style.
  • Engage in self-reflection and recognize personal, professional, and intellectual development to embrace life-long learning and discern career choices. In doing so, apply psychological principles and the principles and values of the Catholic Franciscan Tradition to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Demonstrate ethical leadership, global perspectives, team work, and engagement in communities for the common good through service learning experiences, ethical reasoning, and engagement with diverse perspectives.

Admission Criteria

Candidates for admission to the Psychology major are required to:

Progression Criteria/Degree Requirements

Students in the Psychology major are required to:

Course Requirements

Courses in the undergraduate degree program fall into four separate groups:

I.   Psychology Fundamentals - Courses taken by all Psychology Majors

II.  Theory and Methodology courses (two required courses)

III.  Discipline courses (four required courses)

IV.  Psychology Elective courses (five required courses) 

Major Requirements (61 Credits)

II. Theory/ Methodology: 6 Credits

Take 2 of the following courses

* Any additional courses beyond the 2 required will be counted toward the Psychology Elective section*

III. Discipline: 12 Credits

Take 4 of the following courses- at least 2 at 300-level

* Any additional courses beyond the 4 required will be counted toward the Psychology Elective section*

Sample Four-Year Curriculum: 121 Credits

Freshman Year: Fall Semester (16 Credits)

Freshman Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

Sophomore Year: Fall Semester (16 Credits)

Sophomore Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

Junior Year: Fall Semester (15 Credits)

  • General Elective 3 Credits
  • PSYCH Elective 3 Credits
  • PSYCH 301 Research Methods I 3 Credits
  • PSYCH “Theory” Course 3 Credits

  • THEO CORE 3 Credits
  •      or

  • General Elective 3 Credits

Junior Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)


  • THEO CORE 3 Credits


  • PSYCH Elective 3 Credits

Senior Year: Fall Semester (14 Credits)

  • General Elective 5 Credits
  • PSYCH Elective 3 Credits
  • PSYCH 300 “Discipline” Course 3 Credits
  • PHIL CORE 3 Credits


Senior Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

  • General Elective 3 Credits
  • PSYCH Elective 6 credits
  • PSYCH 460 Senior Seminar 3 Credits
  • PHIL Core 3 credits
  •       or

  • General Elective 3 credits

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