The course of study for psychology majors is based on a generalist model that is designed to prepare students for a variety of fields within psychology, as well as in related disciplines.
Heavy emphasis is given to preparing students for graduate study and in learning those skills necessary to function effectively in a field that is based on empirical research.
Through careful consultation with department advisors, students may elect courses that provide a concentration in specialty areas such as clinical, counseling, developmental, educational, social, and cognitive psychology.
Emphasis is given to psychology as both a natural and social science within the framework of a liberal arts and sciences education. A vast majority of the psychology graduates go on to complete graduate and professional studies.
Requirements for the major in Psychology (3 credits unless specified)
Psychology Laboratory Experience (Select any two courses, 6 credits total)
Electives selected from any department (26 – 42 credits)
Total credits for major: 36
MINOR: The psychology department offers a minor program made up of 18 credits of psychology courses. At least nine credits must be from Cabrini College courses at the 200 level or above.
Courses with grades of C- or lower may not be used to fulfill the psychology minor requirements. Students wishing more information should consult the Department.
Psychology Major Standards and Requirements In general, first-time, first-year students will be accepted to Cabrini College with the Psychology major as their “intended” field of study based on criteria set by Cabrini’s Admissions Office.
When enrolled at the college and after completion of one full-time semester (12 or more credits), students must submit a formal application to the department and meet the following criteria:
Students with a major or cumulative GPA below 2.33 will be considered “on probation” within the department and must schedule a formal planning session with the department chair to develop a plan for improvement.
Students failing to meet one or more of these requirements and who are denied admission to the department may appeal the decision by submitting a written appeal to the department chair.
Students planning double majors with psychology must consult regularly with faculty advisors in both majors to help facilitate course selection and planning.
Learning OutcomesPsychology majors will:
demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, including an understanding of socio-cultural diversity in psychological experiences Theory and Content of Psychology
understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation Research Methods in Psychology
respect and use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes, including the application of psychological principles to real-world issues Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats Communication Skills
Psychology Honors ProgramStudents who meet the following psychology department requirements will graduate with honors in psychology: