B.A. in Psychology

B.A. in Psychology

(HEGIS 2001)

Dowling’s School of Arts and Sciences degree programs are constructed upon a well-rounded core curriculum of arts and humanities, natural science, math, and social sciences. These are the classic building blocks that ensure career versatility in an ever-changing world. Psychology students are prepared for direct work in the field or for more advanced professional training in graduate studies. Students will develop a critical understanding of the scientific study of behavior and a practical knowledge of the forces that shape human interaction. This program offers students the opportunity to engage in learning via the classroom, the laboratory, seminar, internship, and independent study.

Career Outcomes for Psychology Majors

Dowling’s psychology degree prepares you for diverse careers in business, social work, biology, aeronautics, law enforcement, education, civil service, and the military, or for further graduate study. Your communications, analytical and research skills will qualify you for a career as an employment counselor, marketing representative, occupational analyst, and more.

College-Wide Requirements 9 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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Major Requirements 36 credits

Component 1: Experimental component (choose 3 or 4)  9 or 12 credits
PSY 1001A Introduction to Psychology* 3
PSY 3170A Statistics for Psychological Research* 3
PSY 3171A Psychological Methods & Research Design* 3
PSY 3172A Research in Psychology** 3
Component 2: Major content area component (choose 4)  12 credits
PSY 2015A Developmental Psychology I 3
PSY 2016A Developmental Psychology II 3
PSY 2030A Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 2120A Social Psychology 3
PSY 3112C Theories of Personality 3
PSY 3165A Physiological Psychology** 3
Component 3: Clinical component (choose 2)  6 credits
PSY 2135A Psychological Testing** 3
PSY 3125A Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 3140C Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 3155A Applied Behavioral Analysis 3
Component 4: Psychology electives (choose 2 or 3)  6 or 9 credits

All students must take at least one (1) course at the 4000 level to satisfy Component 4 requirements.  Students who take 12 credits from Component 1 need only 6 credits from Component 4 selections.  Students who take 9 credits from Component 1 need 9 credits from Component 4 selections.

PSY 2017A Psychology of Aging 3
PSY 2145A Industrial / Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 2150A Interpersonal Adjustment 3
PSY 3175A Theories of Learning 3
PSY 3190C History and Systems in Psychology** 3
PSY 3300A Counseling of the Aging and Their Families 3
PSY 4171C Media Psychology 3
PSY/PHL 4172A Philosophy of Psychiatry & Psychology 3
PSY 4173A School Psychology 3
PSY 4174C Psychology of Women 3
PSY 4175A Psychology of Religion 3
PSY 4176A Interpersonal Relationships 3
PSY 4177C Human Sexuality 3
PSY 4178A Forensic Psychology and Law 3
PSY 4179A Health Psychology 3
PSY 4188C Psychological Science Fiction in Film 3
PSY 4180A-4189A Selected topics seminars 3

Minor & Elective Requirements 42 credits
Minor Requirements 15-18 credits

Total: 120 credits

* Required for all students.

** Recommended if planning on pursuing psychology in graduate school.

Note: PSY 4191A & 4192A (Independent Study), 4195N & 4196N (Internship), 4198N & 4199N (Applied Internship), 4291A &4292A (Honors Project), 4391N (Instructional Mentorship), and 4491N (Research Assistantship) are intended to be used by a small number of above average students as “general elective credits,” and shall not count as part of the 36 credit Psychology Major Requirements. One or more of these are most strongly recommended for students planning on pursuing psychology in graduate school.

In addition, PSY 3103C, and 3104C, and 3105C shall not count as part of the 36 credit Psychology Major Requirements (they can count as “general elective credits” or Core Requirements credits).

Departmental Honors in Psychology: A Departmental Honors Project is available to students in this program in their senior year (90 credits overall). The project requires substantial original independent research and the successful completion of both PSY 4291A and PSY 4292A.