Deepen your Understanding in Human Behavior
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
The Psychology major at Stevenson University helps students develop a detailed, integrated, and science-based understanding of behavior, including mental processes. As a student in this major, you’ll learn how to apply this understanding to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
If you are interested in how humans think, feel, and act, our program will help you develop a scientifically based understanding of behavior and mental processes in both humans and animals.
There are four components to the program:
- Students study the content of the major subdisciplines within psychology. Through studying these subdisciplines and their associated theories, research methodologies, and scientific findings, students learn how behavior is affected by an individual’s genetic background, physical state, cognitive and socioemotional processes, and cultural environment.
- The content of psychology is based on science; therefore, majors begin to understand, evaluate, and apply research. They also have the opportunity to design and participate in research.
- Psychology students learn about psychological disorders and the clinical application of psychology. They develop the knowledge and skills to help others solve personal problems, develop professional opportunities, and lead richer, fuller lives.
- Students identify their career goals, plan the appropriate career paths to achieve those goals, learn professional ethics, and acquire skills essential to their professional interests. Psychology majors develop the intellectual, interpersonal, and technical skills to obtain employment relevant to their degree or to pursue graduate studies.
Graduates of the Psychology program will:
- Think critically about major theories, concepts, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Conducting research by choosing appropriate research designs and statistical analyses, interpreting and communicating research results, and applying ethical standards.
- Helping others by using psychological knowledge, counseling theory and skills, and ethical standards.
- Analyzing how sociocultural differences affect their personal and professional interactions.
- Planning and pursue their ongoing career and/or professional development.
Study Psychology at Stevenson
Career Paths for Psychology Majors
Graduates of our Psychology program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:
- Mental Health Counselor
- Behavior Technician
- Developmental Disabilities Aide
- Admissions Counselor
- Research Assistant
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Career Connection Center.
The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).
Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
|FYS 100||First Year Seminar||1 credit|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 108||Human Growth and Development||3 credits|
|PSY 136||Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences||4 credits|
|PSY 201||Writing for Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 205||Career Development I||1 credit|
|PSY 215||Psychopathology||3 credits|
|PSY 230||Basic Counseling Skills||4 credits|
|PSY 260||Behavioral Approaches to Change||3 credits|
|PSY 262||Social Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 305||Career Development II||1 credit|
|PSY 355||Experimental Design and Analysis I||4 credits|
|PSY 363||Cognitive Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 370||Biological Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 450||Internship||3 credits|
|PSY 455||Experimental Design and Analysis II||3 credits|
|PSY 480||Senior Seminar: Diversity in Psychology||3 credits|
Six credits of psychology electives (at least three credits at the 300-level or above) from among the following:
|PSY 208||Human Sexuality||3 credits|
|PSY 216||Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents||3 credits|
|PSY 250-254||Topics in Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 326||Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 327||Special Topics in Developmental Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 328||Special Topics in Personality Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 329||Special Topics in Social Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 333||Tests and Measurement||4 credits|
|PSY 340||Advanced Counseling Skills||4 credits|
|PSY 341||Counseling Theories||3 credits|
|PSY 350-354||Advanced Topics in Applied Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 405||Career Development III||1 credit|
|PSY 420||History and Systems of Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 470||Senior Research Thesis||4 credits|
Minors and Other Options
Minor in Psychology
The minor in psychology requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a PSY prefix. Students majoring in counseling and human services may count up to three psychology courses required by the major toward a minor in psychology. Courses ineligible for the psychology minor include:
- PSY-206 Child Development (except for education majors)
- PSY-330 Educational Psychology (except for education majors)
General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.
Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level.
Dr. George Leary, a Stevenson University faculty member, will present a talk on Despair and Hope: The Psychology of Climate Change.
We are happy to feature Olivia Gooch (’22 Psychology) this week!Olivia is currently in her junior year.
We are proud to feature our alum Sophia Allen (’11 Psychology) this week.Sophia is currently working as a Research Administrator at Johns Hopkins University.