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B.A. in Psychology

Requirements (40 credits)

Required Courses (16 credits)

PSY100Introduction to Psychology

4

PSY110Orientation to the Psychology Major

1

PSY230Research Methods & Statistics I

3

PSY230LResearch Methods & Statistics I Lab

0

PSY233Research Methods & Statistics II

3

PSY233LResearch Methods & Statistics II Lab

0

PSY301History & Systems of Psychology

2

PSY390Junior Seminar in Psychology

1

PSY490Senior Research Seminar

2

Breadth Area Restricted Electives

Students must choose one course from Area I and two courses each from Areas II and III.

I. Understanding the Biological and Cognitive Basis of Behavior (4 credits)

PSY331Biological Basis of Behavior

4

PSY309Cognitive Processes

4

II. Understanding Individual Differences (8 credits)

PSY320Personality Theory

4

PSY315Psychological Tests & Measurement

4

PSY200Lifespan DeveIopment I Child & Adolescent

4

PSY203Lifespan Development II Adult & Aging

4

III. Understanding the Social/Cultural Bases of Behavior (8 credits)

PSY400Seminar in MultiCultural/Gender Studies

4

PSY403Seminar in Social Psychology

4

PSY405Seminar in International Cultural Issues in Psychology

4

PSY400 and PSY405 are open only to Psychology Majors and Minors

PSY403 is open only to Psychology and/or Sociology Majors and Minors

Free Electives:(4 credits)

Students must choose two courses from the following:

PSY209Understanding Self & Others

2

PSY217Introduction to Counseling

2

PSY219Crisis Intervention

2

PSY210Introduction to Forensic Psychology

2

PSY207Industrial Organizational Psychology

2

PSY340Abnormal Psychology

4

PSY250Counseling & Sprituality

2

PSY499Special Topics

2

PSY320 and PSY331 are prerequisites for PSY340

Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways

To ensure that students begin and remain on track in terms of graduation and degree requirements, and to maximize student opportunities to add minors or second majors, and therefore increase their options after graduation, the College has designed the Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways.

This curricular sequencing model, which outlines all the courses taken in the first two years, will allow students to complete 75% to 90% of their General Education requirements during just their freshman and sophomore years, as well as all foundational gateway and milestone courses, both in their intended major, and in other complementary majors and minors that they may want to consider.

Students will then be able to focus their junior and senior years almost entirely on their major, as well as on potential minors or second majors.

Simply put, this curricular sequencing model allows students to get the most out of their undergraduate education at CSE.

First Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

Second Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I or II Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element II or III Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Course Sequence for BA in Psychology

First Year

Fall Semester (12-14 Credits)

PSY100Introduction to Psychology

4

General Education and Electives

8-10

Spring Semester (13-15 Credits)

PSY110Orientation to the Psychology Major

1

PSY217Introduction to Counseling

2

General Education and Electives

10

PSY217: There are other options to meet this requirement.

Second Year

Fall Semester (13-15 Credits)

PSY230Research Methods & Statistics I

3

and

PSY230LResearch Methods & Statistics I Lab

0

 

PSY200Lifespan DeveIopment I Child & Adolescent

4

General Education and Electives

6-8

PSY200: There are other options to meet this requirement.

Spring Semester (15 Credits)

PSY233Research Methods & Statistics II

3

and

PSY233LResearch Methods & Statistics II Lab

0

 

PSY301History & Systems of Psychology

2

General Education and Electives

10

Third Year

Fall Semester (15 Credits)

PSY390Junior Seminar in Psychology

1

PSY331Biological Basis of Behavior

4

General Education and Electives

10

Spring Semester (14-16 Credits)

PSY320Personality Theory

4

or

PSY315Psychological Tests & Measurement

4

 

General Education and Electives

10-12

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (14-16 Credits)

PSY490Senior Research Seminar

2

 

PSY400Seminar in MultiCultural/Gender Studies

4

or

PSY403Seminar in Social Psychology

4

 

General Education and Electives

8-10

Spring Semester (14-16 Credits)

PSY340Abnormal Psychology

4

PSY405Seminar in International Cultural Issues in Psychology

4

General Education and Electives

6-8

PSY340: There are other options to meet this requirement.

Capstone Requirement

Students fulfill the College of Saint Elizabeth capstone requirement by successfully passing a three-part comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination includes a standardized test of achievement in the field of psychology, a written essay and journal article critique, and a career portfolio. Preparation for the examination is offered in PSY490 Senior Research Seminar.