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.
Upon completion of this program, the graduate will earn either a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and will:
- Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- Be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
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.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
- Complete a minimum of 121 credits.
- The fundamental course series (PSYCH 201 , PSYCH 202 , PSYCH 301 , PSYCH 460 should be completed in four semesters. Exceptions to the prerequisities may be made only for certain circumstances in which a student is allowed to complete this series in a minimum of three semesters, pending a minimum grade of C in each course.
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)