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 exposure to 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
(all course 3 credits unless noted)
- PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 202 - Personality Theories
- PSY 203 - Developmental Psychology I
- PSY 204 - Developmental Psychology II
- PSY 271 - Statistics for the Social Sciences I (MATH CORE)
- PSY 272 - Statistics for the Social Sciences II (MATH CORE)
- PSY 304 - Brain and Behavior
- PSY 305 - Social Psychology
- PSY 309 - Abnormal Psychology
- PSY 341 - Research Methods I
- PSY 342 - Research Methods II
- PSY 400 - Senior Seminar (Capstone for the Psychology Major)
- Psychology Laboratory Experience
(select any two courses, 6 credits total):
- PSY 401 - Laboratory Experience in Neuropsychology
- PSY 402 - Laboratory Experience in Learning
- PSY 403 - Laboratory Experience in Cognition
- PSY 404 - Laboratory Experience in Sensation and Perception
- Electives from any department (26–42 credits)
Total Credits for Major: 36
Psychology Major Standards and Requirements
In general, first-time, first-year students will be accepted to Cabrini 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:
- completion of one full-time semester (12 or more credits) of coursework, including PSY 101 or its equivalent with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
- GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher in all required psychology courses
Students with a major or cumulative GPA below 2.0 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.
Psychology 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)
The psychology department offers a minor program made up of 18 credits of psychology courses.
At least nine credits must be from Cabrini courses at the 200 level or above.
Courses with grades of C- or lower may not be used to fulfill the psychology minor requirements. For more information, students should consult the department chair.
Transfer students wishing to fulfill the Psychology major at Cabrini University may transfer in a variety of Psychology coursework. Transfer students will be expected to complete a 4-part sequence of Statistics I (PSY 271) and Statistics II (PSY 272), then Research Methods I (PSY 341) and Research Methods II (PSY 342), which takes 4 semesters or two years to complete. Courses may not be taken simultaneously. Please consult the Department Chair for more information about transferring in coursework.
Psychology Honors Program
Students who meet the following psychology department requirements will graduate with honors in psychology:
- membership in Psi Chi Honor Society
- minimum overall GPA of 3.4
- minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 in all psychology courses taken at Cabrini
- successful completion of PSY 498, Honors Research Practicum