Psychology

One of the most popular of all majors, psychology is the study of human behavior and it provides students with the flexibility to move into a number of highly rewarding careers. Whether your career aspirations take you to graduate school or you prefer to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, an undergraduate degree in psychology from Maria College will give you the foundation you need to succeed.

Program Highlights

    • The psychology major is highly flexible – providing students with the ability to transfer from other majors. 
    • The diversity of psychology course offerings ensures that our majors will find a professional focus that meets their interests.
    • The Maria psychology program allows students to conduct research as a part of their undergraduate education.
    • All psychology majors are required to take either an internship or a co-op position during their academic program to increase their marketability upon graduation.
    • Our psychology major allows students to develop a complementary focus outside their  major – such as management or even gerontology.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Major Field Requirements (48 credits):

Group I: Psychology Core (27 credits):
Course   Credits
PSY 100 General Psychology 3
PSY 102 Exploratory Psychology 3
PSY 205 Interpersonal Psychology 3
PSY 350 Research Methods I 3
PSY 360 Research Methods II 3
PSY 400 Internship in Psychology 6
PSY 430 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSY 450 Capstone in Psychology 3

 

Group II: Psychology Electives (21 credits):
(Select seven courses with three at 300/400 level)

Course   Credits
PSY 200 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 201 Psychology of Learning 3
PSY 202 Adolescence Psychology 3
PSY 203 Child Psychology 3
PSY 204 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 3
PSY 209 Psychology of Aging 3
PSY 232 Positive Psychology 3
PSY 270 Social Psychology 3
PSY 300 Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 305 Psychology of Food and Eating 3
PSY 310 Psychology of Information Technology 3
PSY 315 Psychology of Criminal Behavior 3
PSY 320 Psychology and the Media 3
PSY 330 Psychology of Terrorism 3
PSY 340 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 410 Developmental Psychopathology 3
PSY 440 Human Factors Psychology 3

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (48 credits):

Cultural Studies (6 credits): CUL 310, CUL 410
English (12 credits): ENG 111, ENG 211, ENG 300 or 400 level electives (6 credits)
History (6 credits): HIS electives
Religious Studies/Philosophy (12 credits): RES 201, any RES and/or PHI electives (9 credits)
Science/Mathematics (9 credits): MAT 106, MAT 200, any BIO, CHM, PHY or SCI elective
Sociology (3 credits): SOC 101

Free Electives (24 credits):

18 credits at any level
6 credits at the 300/400 level

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with 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, 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.
  • Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.
  • Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  • Pursue realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.

COURSE SEQUENCE

First Year: First Semester
Course   Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
REL/PHI Religious Studies/Philosophy Elective 3
SOC 102 Intro to Sociology 3
PSY 100 Intro to Psychology 3
  Free Elective 3
    15
First Year: Second Semester
REL/PHI Religious Studies/Philosophy Elective 3
PSY 102 Exploratory Psychology 3
PSY 205 Psychology of Interpersonal Relations 3
MAT 106 College Algebra 3
  Free Elective 3
    15
Second Year: First Semester
ENG 211 Critical Inquiry and Writing 3
HIS History elective 3
MAT 200 Statistics 3
PSY Psychology 200 level Elective 3
PSY Psychology 200 level Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
    18
Second Year: Second Semester
RES 201 Foundations in Social Justice 3
HIS History elective 3
BIO/CHM/PHY/SCI Science Elective 3
PSY Psychology 200 level Elective 3
PSY Psychology 200 level Elective 3
    15
Third Year: First Semester
ENG 300/400 English Elective 3
PSY 350 Research Methods I 3
PSY Psychology 300 level Elective 3
CUL 310 Cultural Studies I 3
  Free Elective 3
    15
Third Year: Second Semester
REL/PHI Religious Studies/Philosophy Elective 3
PSY 360 Research Methods II 3
CUL 410 Cultural Studies II 3
PSY Psychology 300 level Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
    15
Fourth Year: First Semester
ENG 300/400 English Elective 3
PSY 430 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSY Psychology 300/400 level Elective 3
  Free Elective 300/400 level 3
  Free Elective 300/400 level 3
    15
Fourth Year: Second Semester
PSY 450 Capstone in Psychology 3
PSY 400 Internship in Psychology 6
  Free Elective 3
    12