Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology's curriculum offers to students the opportunity to study in the field's core domains: biological, developmental, cognitive, and social. Students also take elective courses of their choice, and in their senior year choose a capstone course, to study an area of interest in depth.

A degree in psychology provides the foundation for a variety of career paths. With a bachelor's degree in psychology, the student might expect to find work in such fields as education, sales, marketing, social work, social services, real estate, data analysis, public relations, administration, and many more.

Earning a bachelor's degree in psychology also may position students for further study at the graduate level. For instance, by earning a master's degree, students may pursue employment in community counseling, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, management, and other occupations in public and private industry. Many graduate programs in psychology require students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission. Students considering graduate training are therefore encouraged to take courses in skill areas emphasized by the GRE. These skill areas include language/verbal skills, mathematical skills and analytic skills.

Faculty

T. Ritchie, Chair; C. Broadbridge, J. Deisinger; J. Miller, A. Norvilas, A. Pirlott

Program of Study

Students who wish to declare a psychology major should notify the Office of Academic Advising.

PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for all psychology courses.

Because of overlap in content, students can only receive credit for either PSYCH 199: Lifespan Development OR PSYCH 200: Child Development

To qualify for PSYCH 300: Statistics for the Social Sciences, students must have an ACT math score (MACT) of 22 or higher, or an equivalent score on the University Math Placement Test, or earn a C or better in an appropriate Saint Xavier University Math course recommended by the Psychology Department, such as college algebra or higher.

To qualify for PSYCH 301: Research Methods, students must have completed PSYCH 300 with a C or better

Graduation with a B.A. or a B.S. in Psychology requires a grade of C or better in every course required for the major.

Transfer students who wish to obtain a B.A. or a B.S. degree in Psychology from Saint Xavier University must pass at least five 300-level psychology courses at Saint Xavier University with a grade of C or better.

Psychology Major (B.A/B.S.)

The Psychology major may lead to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

B.A. degree requires the completion of the General Education program, 37 credit hours to fulfill the Psychology degree, and 6 additional credit hours of foreign language, or foreign culture, or global studies courses, or a combination of these.

B.S. degree requires the completion of the General Education program, 37 credit hours to fulfill the Psychology degree, and 6 additional credit hours of mathematics, or computer science or life sciences, or physical sciences, or a combination of these.

Overall, the B.S. requires 24 total credit hours of science-related course work from mathematics, life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, or psychology courses, such as Cognitive Psychology, Hormones and Behavior, Learning and Memory, Human Motivation, Perception, Physiological Psychology, Research Methods, Statistics for the Social Sciences, or Thought and Language.

Program Requirements

Students who major in Psychology must take the following courses:

PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH 300 Statistics for the Social Sciences
PSYCH 301 Research Methods
One from the Biological domain PSYCH 311, 319, 341, 354 or Special Topics course in this domain
One from the Cognitive domain PSYCH 312, 313, 314, 315 or Special Topics course in this domain
One from the Development domain PSYCH 199, 200, 201, 224 or Special Topics course in this domain
One from the Social domain PSYCH 206, 232, 328 or Special Topics course in this domain
One from the Capstone domain  PSYCH 317, 326, 390
Four Psychology elective courses no more than 2 Psychology electives from 200-level courses,
  and at least 2 electives from 300-level courses

  

Minors in Psychology

Students planning to minor in psychology must complete, with a grade of C or better, five courses (15 credit hours) in psychology beyond Psychology 101. At least three of the five courses must be from the 300-level and at least three of the five courses must be taken at Saint Xavier University. Education majors may not use credit from PSYCH 321 toward a psychology minor if they have earned credit in EDU 323.

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