Major in Psychology

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What will I study?

The Psychology major includes courses on conducting experimental research, as well as a wide variety of electives on such topics as psychological counseling, abnormal psychology, drugs and behavior, psychology of women, sports psychology, and many others.

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Learning outcomes:

  • Describe and evaluate the theoretical perspectives and contributions of the schools of thought in Psychology.
  • Develop or apply critical thinking in analyzing psychological theories and scientific research.
  • Identify, synthesize, and critique information for scientific research.
  • Conduct all stages of scientific research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical principles.

Will I be able to study abroad?

Yes, we offer a Sophomore Fall Semester Psychology Program at our SHU in Dingle Campus in Ireland.

Will I have research opportunities?

All psychology majors take three courses in research methods, in which they learn to do primary research by working on a real data collection project. These research courses are taught exclusively by full-time faculty members, and often involve having students participate in the ongoing research being conducted by these faculty members. Students are involved in all phases of the research process, and these research projects often result in publications in professional journals, such as The Journal of Social Psychology, Endocrinology Social Development, and The Journal of Genetic Psychology. Furthermore, students often have the opportunity to present the results of these studies at local, regional, and national conferences. Recent research topics include infant brain development, attachment styles, children's peer relationships, and attitudes toward stigmatized individuals.

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Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, Psychology majors complete a semester-long internship in a setting (educational, social service, etc.) that fits with each student's personal career goals. Students also can gain real-world experience through the community service components that are part of several psychology classes.

What are my career options with a Psychology degree?

A bachelor's degree in Psychology provides students with broad preparation for lifelong learning. The Psychology major helps to develop students' skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, information gathering and synthesis, and interpersonal communication. It is excellent preparation for a wide range of careers, including marketing research, human resources, child care, substance abuse counseling, employment counseling, and public relations.

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What co-curricular activities are available?

The Psychology Club is open to all students interested in Psychology. The club assists Psychology majors with any questions that they might have about their major or future career options. Psi Chi is the International Honor Society for Psychology majors, and the best of Sacred Heart University's Psychology students are inducted into the society each year. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management, representing more than 170,000 HR professionals.

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Are there special admission requirements?

No, we have an open admission policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students may declare the Psychology major when they apply for admission to Sacred Heart University.

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