To obtain a Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology, all students must complete the core/general education requirements. In addition, before enrolling in the first major course (PS 301 Nonexperimental Research) students who enter sacred Heart in Fall 2007 or later must complete PS 110 and PS 111 and two semesters of college level math, including MA 131 Statistics for Decision Making, with a C+ average in both math courses and neither grade below C. Students who entered before Fall 2007 should follow the requirements from the catalog year when they declared their major or when they entered Sacred Heart.
Required Courses (38 credits)
- PS 110 Introduction to Psychology
- PS 111 Thinking Critically About Psychological Science
- Three Psychology electives (200 or 300 level)
- PS 301 Nonexperimental Research
- PS 302 Experimental Research (4 credits)
- PS 335 Human and Animal Learning
- PS 351 Brain and Behavior
- PS 380 Advanced Psychological Research (4 credits)
- PS 382 Systems and Theories of Psychology
- PS 396/397/398 Capstone Experience in Psychology (one course)
Suggested Course Sequence
- Students are required to take PS 110 as a prerequisite to all other Psychology courses.
- Students must also take PS 111 before enrolling in any 300-level Psychology classes.
- Students must take PS 301, PS 302, and PS 380 in separate semesters, and PS 382 and PS 396/397/398 should be taken as the last Psychology courses in the major. To finish the program in four years, students must enroll in PS 301 no later than the second semester of junior year (or no later than the summer between junior and senior year, if able to take summer courses).
Learning outcomes that every Sacred Heart University psychology graduate will achieve:
- Be able to articulate the most important contributions of each of the major schools of thought in Psychology.
- Display the ability to think critically in assessing various psychological theories and empirical findings.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing about their own and others’ research findings.
- Be able to identify, gather, and synthesize appropriate background information for empirical research projects.
- Demonstrate comprehension and facility regarding research methods and statistical analysis skills.
- Participate effectively in working relationships with other students and with instructors.
- Understand the major ethical issues in psychological research with humans and animals.
- Demonstrate an understanding of different cultural perspectives.
- Participate in service learning projects with appropriate reflection on the experience.
- Identify how the Psychology major has influenced his or her personal growth, life choices, and career development.