Psychology (PS)

Professors: H. M. Murphy, E. V. Swenson, D. D. Ben-Porath; Associate Professors: J. H. Yost (Chair), A. A. Imam, T. Masterson; A. M. Canda (Director, Honors Program), S. D. Young; Assistant Professors: A. M. Tarescavage

Psychology is the scientific study of all aspects of behavior and mental processes. The concepts and methods of science are used in the description, explanation, prediction, and modification of behavior. Psychology is a broad discipline with ties to both the natural and social sciences. It provides a base for a variety of academic and professional fields, including psychological research, counseling, clinical psychology, social work, business and industry, medicine, human resource, and law. In addition, an interdisciplinary concentration in neuroscience is coordinated through the Department of Psychology.

The Department of Psychology prepares students with knowledge in the core areas of psychology, critical thinking skills, and the ability to apply the scientific method as preparation for graduate study, work, or service. In addition, the Psychology Department participates in the College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Program through PS 190.

Degree requirements for the Psychology major can be found here. Additional information on concentrations in Psychology can be found separately for: Child and Family Studies, Forensic Psychology, Industrial/Organizational PsychologyMental Health Services, and Neuroscience.

The requirements for the minor in psychology, the minor in forensic psychology, and the minor in psychology of human diversity can be found on their individual webpages.

The Psychology Major

Psychology majors receive a firm grounding in the scientific aspects of the discipline. Students can explore the discipline through PS 101 (or 100) or several 200-level courses that provide students with a foundation in the discipline or core areas of psychology.  Once this foundation is achieved, students move on to upper-division specialty courses that add depth to their knowledge of psychology.

Psychology majors are also required to complete course work in statistics and psychological research. This training is essential for students to receive adequate preparation for either graduate study or a professional career in psychology or an allied discipline. PS 190 is required for completion of the psychology major. Psychology majors or those who are considering the major should take PS 190 as soon as possible.

PS 101 (or PS 100) is the prerequisite for some courses at the 200 level and all 300- and 400-level courses in Psychology. PS 100 meets the Issues in Social Justice requirement and PS 101 meets the Natural Science distribution requirement of the Integrative Core Curriculum. PS 100 or 101 may be applied to the Integrative Core Curriculum or general elective credit-hour requirements. Check the listings in the schedule of classes each semester to see which additional courses may be applied to the requirements of the Integrative Core.

Preparation for Graduate Study in Psychology: Graduate study in Psychology takes many forms. Students seek admission in many specialty areas, including clinical, developmental, social, industrial/organizational, sports, comparative, biological, experimental, cognitive, school, or counseling psychology, and neuroscience. The Psychology major is also excellent preparation for medical school and other health professions, law school, business administration, and social work. Students planning to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology or an allied discipline should seek a firm foundation in the core areas of the discipline and obtain research experience through additional course work and independent study. The following courses are recommended for students planning graduate study:PS 241, PS 261, PS 262, 265 (formerly PS 365), PS 301/ PS 301L, PS 318/ PS 318L, PS 326, PS 332/ PS 332L, PS 380/ PS 380L, PS 401, PS 421, PS 435, PS 457, PS 471, and PS 497N or PS 499.

Interdisciplinary Concentration in Neuroscience
This interdisciplinary concentration is coordinated by the Department of Psychology. The program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of physiology, biochemistry, and the behavior of higher animals. It is strongly recommended that students interested in this program investigate the neuroscience concentration as early as possible in their academic careers. Interested students should refer to Concentration in Neuroscience for more information. Coordinator: Dr. Helen M. Murphy.

Co-Operative 3/2 Program with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
A special agreement with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (M-SASS) at Case Western Reserve University enables qualified Psychology majors to enroll in the M-SASS program after their junior year at John Carroll. Successful completion of this five-year program results in a B.S. in Psychology from John Carroll and a master’s in social work from Case Western Reserve University.