Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Psychology BA

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology is one of the fastest growing areas for employment in America. As scientists and practitioners, psychologists seek to explore and understand the connection between human thinking, emotion, behavior, and social environments. As health service professionals, psychologists treat people with emotional and mental challenges. Other psychologists concentrate on behaviors that affect healthy individuals, such as in the areas of business and athletics. While others conduct research studies to investigate phenomena and provide answers to key questions prevalent in human psychology today. To become a psychologist, one needs to complete a doctoral degree in psychology.

The major in psychology at the University of Saint Francis is designed to prepare the student for further graduate study in psychology (or related field) or build skills for competent work in the field upon graduation. The major and minors provided in the psychology program are also designed to help students develop strong critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. This program also strives to cultivate in each student an appreciation for individual differences, a reverence for the dignity and worth of each person, and an understanding of the human person from a variety of perspectives. These skills are useful in a number of different professions such that an undergraduate degree in psychology can be useful in paving the way for a successful career in a variety of fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who major in Psychology at the University of Saint Francis will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base of psychology and application of psychological ideas
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry and critical thinking
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world
  • Demonstrate competence in communication skills through academic writing
  • Demonstrate competence in communication skills through presentation of information
  • Demonstrate application of psychology-specific content and skills that support professional development

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology requires 120 credit hours, which includes:

  • General Education Courses: 47-49 credit hours
  • Major Required Courses: 34 credit hours
  • Development Courses: 3 credit hours
  • Psychology Content-Specific Electives: 6 credit hours
  • Optional Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration: 18 credit hours
  • Electives: 17-30 credit hours from any discipline to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours

Program of Study

  • Department Required Courses: PSYC 101, PSYC 121, PSYC 232, PSYC 286, PSYC 325, PSYC 344, PSYC 360, PSYC 420, PSYC 441, PSYC 462, PSYC 495, BIOL 122
  • Development Courses (3 hours from): PSYC 326, PSYC 339, PSYC 385
  • Psychology Content-Specific Electives (6 hours from): PSYC 321, PSYC 345, PSYC 355, PSYC 406, PSYC 412
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Courses: PSYC 350, PSYC 326/345, PSYC 462, PSYC 465, PSYC 496, PHIL 300, MATH 302

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Psychology program include the successful completion of program requirements with a minimum of 120 credit hours, including the completion of PSYC 495 Contextual Dimensions of Professional Psychology capstone course.