Major in Psychology
(Bachelor of Arts Degree or Bachelor of Science Degree)
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. While most psychologists are interested primarily in human behavior, many focus much of their research on the behavior of animals. All, however, use carefully controlled methods of observation, such as the survey or the experiment, in their effort to understand behavior. Psychology, like other sciences, seeks to describe, explain, predict and control the events it studies. Thus, psychology attempts to answer questions about the underlying processes that determine the complexity of behavior.
The major in psychology offers a variety of career opportunities in at least three different areas, (1) teaching: university, community college, elementary school; (2) research: social psychologists, psychometrics, industrial/organizational, educational, and experimental psychologists; and (3) public service/professional: clinical, child clinical, counseling, school, and mental health assistant.
Most of the careers require training in addition to a major in psychology, and this curriculum provides a broad background in psychology for those students intending to pursue advanced studies in graduate or professional institutions and to seek employment as psychologists in research, industry, college teaching, clinical applications, and as school psychologists and guidance counselors. Students interested in advanced training should investigate the specific requirements for entrance into their professions or professional schools and carefully plan their pre-professional curricula in consultation with their advisors.
The major in psychology also provides a general liberal education with a diversity of career opportunities for students wishing to seek more immediate employment. Students planning participation in ancillary professions such as social, human, or community services (with no plans for graduate study) should plan their curricula in accordance with their advisors’ recommendations and their own particular needs.
The mission of the Psychology Department of Utica University is to provide students with an education that encompasses content information and theoretical approaches in psychology and emphasizes critical thinking, mastery of empirical methodologies and development of strong communication skills. This education prepares students to pursue professional careers and/or post-baccalaureate education in the psychological and behavioral sciences. The department also provides a supportive environment for professional and scholarly activities of its faculty and services the academic community at Utica University with regard to instructional needs in areas related to the psychological sciences.
Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education - see academic programs or download our current catalog.
Total credit hours required for degree: 120
Students will be able to:
- Know major concepts in the major subfields of psychology (i.e. clinical, developmental, social/cognitive, neuroscience, learning).
- Apply statistical inference and probabilistic reasoning to problems in psychology.
- Apply the scientific method to sound research design in psychology.
- Communicate psychological concepts clearly and effectively in writing.
- Use American Psychological Association citation style and construct written reports conforming to APA style.
Core/General Education: 34-55 Credit Hours
Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.
Major Course Requirements
One course from each category: 19 Credit Hours
At least one of these courses must include a psychology laboratory
* Students considering graduate study in psychology are encouraged to take two. Students enrolled in the Major Honors in Psychology program must complete the Honors Tutorial, PSY 489 -PSY 499 , in lieu of the PSY 411 , PSY 412 , or PSY 470 . Consult your advisor and the catalog for other requirements.
Additional Course Requirements
Students desiring to earn the B.S. degree in Psychology must take two additional courses in the major at the 300- or 400-level
Psychology courses taken in an online (distance education) format after matriculation at Utica University cannot be used to fulfill course requirements for the major or minor in Psychology (including Psychology electives); however, they can be applied as free elective credits.