B.S., General Psychology

Bachelor of Science, Psychology - General Track

A psychology major is a good choice for students who want to work with people and are interested in understanding human behavior and mental processes. Psychology is one of the most versatile undergraduate degrees. Not only will students learn more about themselves and others, they will gain a myriad of valuable life skills that are flexible and fundamental to achieving success in many careers. Helpful skills for psychology majors include open-mindedness and empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication abilities.

A background in psychology from Marywood will serve you well in almost any area of endeavor, because the faculty seek to provide you with an in-depth understanding of human behavior and are committed to a broad interdisciplinary study of humanity. You'll be trained in scientific and critical thinking and in research methods and statistical analysis; you'll learn to see psychology as an approach to solving problems and discovering new ideas. Knowledge gained at Marywood can serve as a basis for the graduate work needed for careers in such areas as clinical, industrial/organizational, health, social, experimental psychology, and more. Or, you can use your studies as a springboard for a variety of careers from criminology or counseling to personnel management or market research. Whatever you choose to do, you'll find the study of psychology will provide you with the opportunity to make significant contributions to society. You'll be well on your way to the goal of every Marywood student's education: learning to live responsibly in an interdependent world.

The 48-credit General Psychology Track major develops a broad-based understanding of human behavior for varied reasons (not necessarily involving clinical applications). Students complete 30 credits of specific, required psychology classes (see list below). These include four foundation courses that focus on the science of psychology, five core courses that address the major subfields in psychology, and a culminating senior seminar course. Students also select an additional 18 elective credits in psychology in order to explore or emphasize their particular interests in the discipline and develop their skills for professional success.

The core sequence of 30 credits required of all General Track Psychology Majors includes the following courses along with 18 elective PSYC credits:

    • Foundation Courses (12 credits total)
      • PSYC 211 - General Psychology
      • PSYC 270 - Psychological Applications of Statistics
      • PSYC 421 - Experimental Psychology I
      • PSYC 422 - Experimental Psychology II
    • Topic Courses (15 credits total)
      • PSYC 251 - Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC 314 - Physiological Psychology OR PSYC 325 - Sensation and Perception
      • PSYC 315 - Contemporary Approaches to Learning
      • PSYC 410 - Social Psychology
      • PSYC 450 - Personality Psychology
    • Senior Seminar (3 credits total)
      • PSYC 490 - Senior Seminar
    • Electives Courses (18 credits total)
      • Any PSYC course above PSYC211 (6 total courses required)

    • View more about undergraduate psychology electives in Marywood’s catalog: http://marywood.smartcatalogiq.com/

    General Psychology (PSYC211), as part of the general liberal arts curriculum, fulfills the Social Sciences requirement and is a prerequisite of all other psychology courses. 

    Psychology majors may consider scheduling Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (MATH155) as their Liberal Arts Core math requirement and Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL130) as their Liberal Arts Core science requirement.

    It is recommended that all qualified students pursue Internship (PSYC451) and that those seeking entry into graduate school or careers in research and/or analysis pursue credits in research coursework (Research Apprenticeship - PSYC310; Independent Study – PSYC499; Honors Thesis – PSYC399 & PSYC452/478).

    Students must earn a total of 120 credits across the major, core, and electives in order to be awarded the baccalaureate degree.