Psychology, B.S.

Program Learning Goals in Psychology

Students will demonstrate:

  1. A fundamental knowledge base in the core areas of psychology.
  2. Critical thinking skills and their application.
  3. Proficiency in the use of the language of psychology in both written and verbal form.
  4. Expertise in the methods of information gathering, organization, and synthesis as applied to psychology.
  5. Mastery of the experimental method and statistical analysis as practiced by psychologists.
  6. An understanding of the ethics and values of the discipline.
  7. A readiness for graduate study or for transition into the workforce.
  8. Recognition of how psychology contributes to the understanding of human diversity.

Specialized Concentrations in Psychology: Majors may elect to complete one of the four concentrations in applied Psychology described below. These focused concentrations were designed for students with specialized interests in applying psychological principles in business, school, or mental health settings. Because courses in these concentrations are not offered every semester, careful planning and course selection will increase the likelihood of successfully completing a concentration. Concentrations include: Child and Family StudiesForensic PsychologyIndustrial/Organizational Psychology, and Mental Health Services. Requirements for the concentrations can be found on individual concentration webpages.

Major Requirements

39 total credit hours. Students must take all laboratory corequisites:

PS 100INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: PERSPECTIVES IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

3

or

PS 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

3

 

PS 190PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN PSYCHOLOGY

2

PS 301EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY

4

PS 301LEXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS LABORATORY

0

Group A. Biological Basis of Behavior

PS 318SENSATION AND PERCEPTION

3

PS 318LSENSATION AND PERCEPTION LABORATORY

0

or

PS 326PSYCHOBIOLOGY

3

Group B. Developmental & Social Psychology

One course chosen from:

PS 241SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3

PS 261CHILD DEVELOPMENT

3

PS 262ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

3

Group C. Individual Differences

One course chosen from:

PS 351THEORIES AND RESEARCH ABOUT PERSONALITY

3

PS 435TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS

3

PS 455CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

3

PS 457PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

3

Group D. Learning & Memory

One course chosen from:

PS 332LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR

3

PS 332LLEARNING AND BEHAVIOR LABORATORY

0

or

PS 380HUMAN MEMORY AND COGNITION

3

PS 380LHUMAN MEMORY AND COGNITION LABORATORY

0

or

PS 386MIND, BRAIN, AND BEHAVIOR

3

The remaining 18 hours are PS electives; all PS electives must be at the 200-level or above. A total of 15 PS credits must be at the 300-level or above.

At least five courses must be at the 300-400 level.

One Capstone course is required. Select from PS 435, 470, 471, 476, 477, 480C/481C, 482C/483C, 46=86C/487C, 496.

No more than 6 hours of credit for courses at or above PS 480 can be counted toward the major.

At least 18 credit hours in the major must be taken at John Carroll University.

A comprehensive examination, given during the final semester of the senior year, must be passed by all majors in Psychology.

Required Support Courses

DATA 260INTERMEDIATE STATISTICS WITH SPSS

3

Required support courses should be taken by the end of sophomore year.