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Psychology Department


The Psychology Department's curriculum offers to students the opportunity to study in the field's core domains: biological, developmental, cognitive, and social. Students also take elective courses of their choice, and in their senior year choose a capstone course, to study an area of interest in depth.

A degree in psychology provides the foundation for a variety of career paths. With a bachelor's degree in psychology, the student might expect to find work in such fields as education, sales, marketing, social work, social services, real estate, data analysis, public relations, administration and many more.

Earning a bachelor's degree in psychology also may position students for further study at the graduate level. For instance, by earning a master's degree, students may pursue employment in community counseling, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, management, and other occupations in public and private industry. Many graduate programs in psychology require students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission. Students considering graduate training are therefore encouraged to take courses in skill areas emphasized by the GRE. These skill areas include language/verbal skills, mathematical skills and analytic skills.

Faculty

T. Ritchie (Chair); C. Broadbridge; G. DeGirolamo; A. Pirlott; R. Torrence

Program of Study

Students who wish to declare a psychology major should notify the Office of Records and Registration.

PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for all psychology courses numbered 199 or higher.

To qualify for PSYCH 300: Statistics for the Social Sciences, students must earn a grade of C or better in MATH 135.

To qualify for PSYCH 301: Research Methods, students must have completed PSYCH 300 with a C or better.

Graduation with a B.A. or a B.S. in psychology requires a grade of C or better in every course required for the major.

Transfer students who wish to obtain a B.A. or a B.S. degree in psychology from Saint Xavier University must pass at least five 300-level psychology courses at Saint Xavier University with a grade of C or better.

Psychology Major (B.A/B.S.)

The psychology major may lead to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

B.A. degree requires the completion of the general education program, 39 credit hours to fulfill the psychology degree, and six additional credit hours of humanities outside the major area (courses that meet the General Education requirements in Art and Design, Foreign Languages, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies will fulfill this requirement).

B.S. degree requires the completion of the general education program, 39 credit hours to fulfill the psychology degree, and six additional credit hours of mathematics/science courses.

Program Requirements

Students who major in Psychology must take the following courses, for a total of 39 credit hours.

Course
Category
Description Credit
Hours
Core PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology 3
Core PSYCH 102: Psych Science and Careers Seminar 2
Core PSYCH 300: Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
Core PSYCH 301: Research Methods 4

Biological domain
(1 course)

PSYCH 311, 319, 341, 354 or Special Topics course in this domain 3

Cognitive domain
(1 course)

PSYCH 312, 313, 314, 315 or Special Topics course in this domain 3

Development domain
(1 course)

PSYCH 199, 200, 201, 224 or Special Topics course in this domain 3

Social domain
(1 course)

PSYCH 206, 210, 232, 328 or Special Topics course in this domain 3

*Capstone
(1 course)

PSYCH 317, 390, 397, 399 (internship version only)

*students on B.S. track must take PSYCH 390 to meet the capstone requirement

3

Electives
(4 courses)

No more than 2 Psychology electives from 200-level courses, and at least 2 electives from 300-level courses

12

Psychology Minor

Students planning to minor in psychology must complete, with a grade of C or better, five courses (15 credit hours) in psychology beyond Psychology 101. At least three of the five courses must be from the 300-level and at least three of the five courses must be taken at Saint Xavier University.