Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Psychology, B.A.


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Psychology


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 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:

  •  Receive a grade of “C” or higher in all major course requirements to count towards completing the major. Any psychology courses receiving below a “C” will only count towards the student’s General Electives unless the student retakes the course and receives at least a C.
  • In order to remain as a psychology major, a student must maintain a Psychology GPA of 2.0 (C) or above.
  • In order to remain a psychology major, a student must not earn less than C twice in psychology courses. For example, if a student earns less than C in a psychology course, she/he may retake the course, and may remain a psychology major if she/he passes the course a second time with a C or above. If the same student earns less than C in another psychology course, the student may retake the course, and may remain a psychology major if she/he passes the course second time with a C or above. If the same student earns less than C in a third psychology course, she/he may no longer be allowed to remain a psychology major.
  • If a student fails the same psychology course twice, and if the student has never failed any other psychology courses, she/he may appeal to the Dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences to take the course a third time.
  •  Complete a minimum of 122 credits.
  •  The fundamental courses ( PSYCH 201 Scientific Reading and Writing in Psychology  , PSYCH 202 Behavioral Science Statistics  , PSYCH 301 Research Methods I  , PSYCH 392 Multicultural Psychology  , and  PSYCH 460 Senior Seminar ) should be completed in no fewer than three semesters.  Be sure to visit the catalog course descriptions for prerequisite information.  With the exception of PSYCH 201, these courses are reserved for psychology majors only.

Course Requirements

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

I.   Psychology Fundamentals - Courses taken by all Psychology Majors

II.  Psychology Elective courses (five required courses) 

Major Requirements (59 Credits)


II. Psychology Electives: 15 Credits


Five additional Psychology courses - at least 3 at 300 level or above

General Electives: 32 Credits


Complete 32 General Elective Credits

Sample Four-Year Curriculum: 122 Credits


Freshman Year: Fall Semester (16 Credits)

Freshman Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

PSYCH 101 3 Credits ENG 102 3 Credits
ENG 101 3 Credits MATH 102 3 Credits
HIST Core 3 Credits THEO 104 3 Credits
INT 101 1 Credit FOREIGN LANGUAGE CORE 3 Credits
THEO 104 3 Credits * Choose one of the following Courses* 3 Credits
FOREIGN LANGUAGE 101 or Elective 3 Credits PSYCH 212 or PSYCH 224 or PSYCH 245 or PSYCH 280

Sophomore Year: Fall Semester (16 Credits)

Sophomore Year: Spring Semester (16 Credits)

BIO 105 3 Credits PSYCH 202 4 Credits
BIO 115 1 Credit *Choose two of the following Courses* 6 Credits
PSYCH 201 3 Credits PSYCH 212 or PSYCH 224 or PSYCH 245 or PSYCH 280 or PSYCH 265
*Choose one of the following Courses* 3 Credits *Choose two of the following Courses* 6 Credits
PSYCH 212 or PSYCH 224 or PSYCH 245 or PSYCH 280 PSYCH Elective or FINE ARTS Core or PHIL 102 or General Elective
*Choose two of the following for 6 Credits*  
FINE ARTS Core or PHIL 102 or ENG LIT Core or General Elective  

Junior Year: Fall Semester (15 Credits)

Junior Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

PSYCH 301 3 Credits PSYCH 392 or Internship Course 3 Credits
PSYCH 392 or Internship Course 3 Credits PSYCH Elective 3 Credits
PSYCH Elective 3 Credits General Elective 6 Credits
General Elective 3 Credits THEO Core 200 Level or above/ or General Elective 3 Credits
THEO Coree 200 Level or above/ or General Elective 3 Credits  

Senior Year: Fall Semester (15 Credits)

Senior Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

PSYCH 460 or PSYCH Elective 3 Credits PSYCH 460 3 Credits or PSYCH Elective 3 Credits
PSYCH Elective 3 Credits PSYCH Elective 3 Credits
General Electives 6 Credits General Electives 6 Credits
PHIL CORE 200 level or above/ or General Elective 3 Credits PHIL Core 200 Level or above/ or General Elective 3 Credits
   
   
   
   
   

 

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