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Professor Missy Terlecki in her office with a Psychology Club sign

Psychology Major

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 developing those skills necessary to function effectively in a field that is based on empirical research. Students take a wide array of courses fostering laboratory research, social and developmental skills, and neurological and clinical experiences.

Emphasis is given to psychology as both a natural and social science within the framework of a liberal arts and sciences education. Students may pursue double majors and minors. The department works closely with the sociology, criminology, and social work programs to enhance the student’s career opportunities and allow for diversity of curricula and faculty.

It is important for students who plan careers as professional psychologists to know that graduate training in psychology is often essential. Therefore, heavy emphasis is given to preparing students for future graduate training and specialization in our program.

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the Psychology Major are those prescribed by the American Psychological Association (APA) and include the knowledge, skills, and values consistent with the science and application of Psychology. 

APA Learning Goals    

                        I.        Knowledge Base in Psychology

                       II.        Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

                     III.        Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

                     IV.        Communication

                      V.        Professional Development

Cabrini Psychology Major Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology (APA goals I, III) 
  2. apply basic research methods and the scientific approach to solving problems ethically in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and presentation skills (APA goals II, III, IV) 
  3. use critical thinking to apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues in a diverse world (APA goals I, II, III) 
  4. acknowledge biological and cognitive underpinnings in understanding the development of normal and abnormal thinking and behavior (APA goals I, II, III)
  5. explore pathways in psychology for career and professional development (APA goal V)                                                

Psychology Department Mission Statement

The Psychology Department at Cabrini University works to develop a strong work ethic and inclusive sense of community. Both students and faculty work together to help create a learning environment rich in high quality teaching and education across the arts and sciences, to develop well-rounded individuals to benefit the field of psychology and the diverse individuals that the discipline serves.

Psychology Department Policies

As a Psychology major at Cabrini University, students will engage in the following practices for successful completion of the major: 

  • Regularly check Cabrini-issued email and course designations on Blackboard/Learn; 
  • Keep cell phones/laptops not used for class silenced and put away during all course-assigned meetings and activities; 
  • Attend and engage in class regularly for the entire class period, and arrive on time;
  • Explicitly communicate with instructors at the beginning of each semester if any documented disability accommodations are needed

*Note: Individual instructors may have additional policies noted in their syllabi (which may also affect a student’s grade in a class). Please consult your syllabi for more details.

Psychology Department Grading Scale

The Psychology Department observes a standard grading scale which faculty use for grading purposes across Psychology courses. Plus and/or minus grades would also fall within these ranges. A faculty member observes the right to subjectively grade according to course syllabi.

“A” range: 90 – 100 %

“B” range: 80 – 89 %

“C” range: 70 – 79 %

“D” range: 60 – 69 %

“F” range: 59 % or below

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology Core Courses:

  • PSY100 Psychology Major Development^
  • PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 
  • PSY271 Statistics for the Social Sciences I* 
  • PSY272 Statistics for the Social Sciences II* 
  • PSY300 Psychology Career Development^
  • PSY341 Research Methods I 
  • PSY342 Research Methods II 
  • PSY400 Senior Seminar  

Clusters:Must take each bolded cluster required course plus additional 15 credits of psychology electives in any cluster/s:

Biological Cluster

  • PSY304 Brain and Behavior
  • PSY316 Health Psychology
  • PSY399 Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology
  • PSY401 Laboratory Experiences in Neuropsychology
  • PSY404 Laboratory Experiences in Sensation and Perception

Clinical and Professional Cluster

  • PSY309 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY299 Sports Psychology
  • PSY312 Developmental Psychopathology
  • PSY313 Psychological Assessment
  • PSY488 Psychology Non-Clinical Internship
  • PSY495 Psychology Clinical Internship

Developmental Cluster

  • PSY203 Developmental Psychology I
  • PSY200 Explorations of Technology in Human Development
  • PSY204 Developmental Psychology II
  • PSY280 Media Influences and Psychological Development

Cognition and Learning Cluster 

  • PSY403 Laboratory Experiences in Cognition 
  • PSY201 Metacognition for Leadership
  • HPSY301 Psychology of Genius, Creativity and Discovery
  • PSY317 Psychological Perspective in Attitudes and Learning
  • PSY330 Educational Psychology
  • PSY402 Laboratory Experiences in Learning

Personality and Social Cluster 

  • PSY202 Personality
  • PSY305 Social Psychology
  • PSY345 Understanding Trauma and Social Emotional Learning
  • PSY358 Psychology of Gender
  • PSY370 African American Psychology 

Total credits for the major: 44

*Counts towards the Math Literacy core curriculum requirement
All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted ^ as 1 credit


Psychology Minor
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

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: 

  1. membership in Psi Chi Honor Society
  2. minimum overall GPA of 3.4
  3. minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 in all psychology courses taken at Cabrini  
  4. successful completion of PSY 498, Honors Research Practicum

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