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2018-2019 Course Catalog 
2018-2019 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A.

See also
Psychology, B.A. to M.A. in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy  




Psychology majors receive personalized advising and mentoring from a team of dedicated professors with expertise/interest areas that include autism, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, behavior analysis, the psychology of women, moral development, neuroscience, social psychology and gerontology. Exciting special topics courses are offered regularly in areas such as sleep and dreams, child psychopathology, health psychology and positive psychology. Professors encourage students to pursue field study and research opportunities that best fit their individual interests and goals.

Psychology majors have entered doctoral and master’s programs in Psychology, School Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Social Work, Applied Developmental Psychology and Counseling. Others have enrolled in programs in Medicine and Law. Psychology alumni work in a range of settings from school systems to psychiatric hospitals and businesses in such roles as school psychologists, counselors, elementary teachers, Gestalt therapists, case supervisors, researchers and administrators.

Psi Chi: The Psychology department is affiliated with Psi Chi, the International Academic Honors Society for Psychology. Psychology majors and minors who demonstrate superior scholarship are eligible to apply for membership in the USJ’s Psi Chi chapter.

Accelerated option

Outstanding Psychology majors may be invited during their senior year to enroll in two introductory level three-credit graduate Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy classes. Accepted students may transfer the six credits taken during their senior year into the accelerated master’s program , resulting in significant financial and time savings. More details .

B.A. program outcomes

The student will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the 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 the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats

(Adapted from the American Psychological Association’s National Guidelines and Suggested Learning Outcomes for the Undergraduate Major)

Admission and continuation requirements:

Students are accepted as majors upon approval of the department faculty and only after completing six credits in Psychology with an average grade of C+ or higher in those courses. To continue, majors must maintain a C or better in all courses in the major. Students who do not earn a C or better in a required course after two attempts cannot continue in the major.

Degree requirements (35 credits)

Suggested plan of study

Concentration in behavior analysis/Autism (9 credits)

Demonstrate a marketable skill set and knowledge base and gain a strong grounding in the career-focused tools of Applied Behavior Analysis and the growing field of Autism Studies. (Note: This concentration is offered only in the Women’s College).

Concentration in criminal justice/mental health (9 credits)

Society has significant challenges meeting the growing mental health needs of the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. Students with interests in Forensic Psychology or Criminal Justice can gain a strong, values-centered knowledge base in diagnosis and treatment in the fast-growing field of criminal justice/mental health.

Required major course

Elective (choose one)

Required course (capstone)