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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 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 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.

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.
  •  Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
  •  Complete a minimum of 121 credits.
  •  The fundamental courses (PSYCH 201 Advanced General Psychology  , PSYCH 202 Behavioral Science Statistics  , PSYCH 301 Research Methods I  , PSYCH 465 Professional Development 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 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
  • 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


  • General Elective 3 Credits

Senior Year: Spring Semester (15 Credits)

  • General Elective 3 Credits
  • PSYCH Elective 6 credits
  • 3 Credits
  • PHIL Core 3 credits
  •       or

  • General Elective 3 credits

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