Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology major prepares students to pursue graduate work in the field of psychology, allied mental health fields, or other areas of interest and fosters the development of the effective use of the scientific method to augment the liberal arts educational experience.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Psychology Guided Pathway here.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

CourseCreditsDescription
HUS217 Personality Theory and Evaluations3The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the philosophy, fundamental techniques and proper role of psychological assessments in helping to understand the nature of human behavior from the standpoints of cognitive, emotional and personality functioning. Proper and ethical use of such assessment, as well as aspects of personality theory will be addressed and the impact of both on diagnosis and treatment. The student will have the change to study specific assessment tools, and will develop a more advanced understanding of their own personality style and how it will impact their work and with others in this field. Sophomore standing.
HUS315 Culture and Community in Human Services3This course explores the historical underpinnings of service delivery as well as current day practices and service characteristics in the field of human services. The course will also address issues of ethnic-sensitive practices as well as institutional vs. community based helping services. Current legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act will be studied. Fieldwork component will also be required. Prerequisite: PSY102 or permission of Division Chairperson. Sophomore standing.
PSY104 Human Growth and Development3This course will provide students a systematic examination of the processes of human psychological growth from conception throughout infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Socio-emotional, intellectual and biological domains of development will be considered from perspectives of psychodynamic and psychosocial theory, as well as more contemporary socio-cultural, cognitive, neuroscientific and ecological approaches.
PSY201 Principles of Learning3An investigation is conducted with respect to learning principles derived from classical and operant conditioning. The student is led through a step-by-step examination of processes such as response acquisition, extension, relearning higher order conditioning, generalization, and discrimination, principles and schedules of reinforcement, punishment, and other related processes. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid understanding of basic scientific principles and an opportunity for utilizing data collection and experimental design procedures is part of a field experience.
PSY207 Research Methods I3This course introduces the student to scientific assumptions and methodology that apply to research and program development, implementation, and evaluation in psychology as well as allied human service, business, and educational disciplines. Individual and group designs will be examined as well as statistical and behavioral methods to analyze research results. As part of this course, students will develop a written proposal for a possible research project, although the study will not be completed in this course. Senior standing.
PSY203 Child and Adolescent Development or
PSY334 Adult Development and Aging
3PSY203: Students will explore principles and theories of child growth and development from birth through adolescence, focusing on ages 5-18. The course will focus on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive domains of development and their application to prominent theories of development, developmental milestones, internal and external influences of family, community institutions including school and culture on child and youth development. Focus areas will include developmental assets children and youth need to succeed and applications of such concepts to youth program development.
or PSY334:Students will review and critically discuss traditional and contemporary perspectives documenting normative and non-normative life events that characterize growth and change from young adulthood through the senior years. Topics will include career choice and development, partner selection and marriage, conventional and nonconventional families, theories of adult personality development, mid- and late-life transitions, aging and dying and death and bereavement.
PSY304 Abnormal Psychology3This course examines the etiology and treatment of abnormal human behaviors. Areas of study include: historical and current approaches to conceptualizing abnormal behavior, and a review of the characteristics and treatment of organic and functional disorders described in the current edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (including areas such as anxiety, affective and personality disorders, schizophrenia, impaired brain disorders and disorders of childhood.)
PSY307 Research Methods II3This course introduces the student to scientific assumptions and methodology that apply to research and program development, implementation, and evaluation in psychology as well as allied human service, business, and educational disciplines. Individual and group designs will be examined as well as statistical and behavioral methods to analyze research results. As part of this course, students will develop a written proposal for a possible research project, although the study will not be completed in this course. Senior standing.
PSY320 Field Experience I in Psychology3The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice in an approved psychology setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in the host agency and of the College faculty. This experience provides the opportunity for a student to implement his/her chosen service role while involved in a ―hands on‖ basis within an approved psychology setting along with an accompanying weekly seminar.
PSY335 Tramautology3 This course provides the student with a broad understanding of the psychological trauma field, including a historical as well as a more current appreciation of theories and practice within the field. Included will be the nature of trauma (sexual abuse, combat and natural disasters); traumatic effects upon individuals, families, groups, communities and societies as well as other social institutions and systems. Other areas of study will include specific focus on grief reactions and traumatic stress through exploration of the professional’s response to trauma, vicarious traumatization, disenfranchised grief, crisis intervention, comorbid disorder and general treatment issues. Students will review case studies in addition to critically evaluate and analyze the latest evidence-based practice modalities within the trauma field. A variety of frameworks are to be presented and evaluated for their strengths, challenges and in some cases controversies to include cognitive, neurobiological, clinical and socio-cultural and the Herman Tri-Phasic approach to treatment planning.
PSY351 Brain and Behavior or PSY424 Health Psychology3This course will examine the relationship of the brain to behavior, beginning with a basic overview of nervous system structures and chemical processes that affect behavior. From this foundation, we will explore how the brain gives rise to a wide range of complex behaviors, including sensory experience, sleep, motivation, the experience of emotions, perception and cognition, and memory. Special focus areas will include brain plasticity and recover of function after damage to neurological structures.
PSY425 Cognitive Psychology3
PSY426 Social Psychology3
PSY453 Seminar in Psychology and Human Services3This is the capstone course for Psychology and Human Services majors. The overarching purpose of this course is to provide a way for students in these majors to pull together knowledge gained during the course of their undergraduate academic career and synthesize it into a comprehensive paper and presentation on a pertinent topic from this field. Students will work with the course instructor to develop their topic, paper and presentation, the latter of which they will present both in class and on Capstone Wednesday. Senior standing.
Electives in HUS, PSY, SOC, EDU, or BUS18Psychology majors are required to take 18 credits of electives.

General Education Core

General Education Core40Psychology majors must complete the General Education core.

General Electives

General Electives20Psychology majors must complete 20 credits of general electives.
Total 120

 

Students who intend to pursue a career or graduate study in psychology or an allied behavioral health field are strongly encouraged to take the following courses in addition to the specific program requirements:

  • PSY355 Experimental Psychology
  • PSY411 Research Methods II
  • SCI105 Life Science I or SCI106 Life Science II
  • SCI110 Health
  • SCI201 Human Physiology
  • SCI301 Nutrition
  • HUS105, 106, & 107 Career Development Courses (1 credit each)