Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Psychology Department endeavors to cultivate appreciation of and skill in, the implementation of the methods of inquiry and theoretical models employed by contemporary psychological scientists, scholars, and practitioners. Improved understanding of mental and behavioral processes enhances the life experience and improves coping skills for the practical and ethical demands of work and personal relationships.

Students who successfully complete a major program in psychology will be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate major concepts, theories, and research findings in psychology
  2. Identify, read, and critically evaluate professional literature in psychology-related fields;
  3. Design, conduct, analyze, interpret, and communicate the findings of empirical studies;
  4. For those students who wish to pursue employment in helping professions (e.g., counseling or education): demonstrate basic knowledge and skills relevant to their projected careers.

The educational objectives which emerge from the mission and purpose of the department are:

The Psychology department offers four concentrations of study leading to the baccalaureate degree: General Psychology, Art Therapy, Child Development, and Counseling and Mental Health.

Why The B.S. In Psychology At Albertus Magnus College?

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management is offered in our Undergraduate Day Program.

The Undergraduate Day Program is the heart of the College, a semester-based undergraduate experience at our New Haven campus. Assisting students to develop insight into the world and their place in it, Featuring small class sizes, personalized attention from highly qualified faculty who are masters of their disciplines and the craft of teaching.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Case Management

Career Counselor

Rehabilitation Specialist

Psychiatric Technician

Child Psychologist

Psychotherapist

General Psychology Concentration (39 credits)

The purpose of this program is to provide students with a broad background in contemporary psychology and its theoretical foundations, with a strong emphasis on research methods. It is flexible, and can be tailored to meet students' interests. This program is strongly recommended for students intending to pursue advanced studies in psychology or related fields. The critical thinking skills fostered by this concentration are useful in many academic and professional settings.

Required Courses: (15 credits)

PY 111 Introduction to Psychology

PY 218 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

PY 325 Experimental Methods and Research Design

PY 311 History and Systems of Psychology

PY 340 Psychological Assessment

One of the following: (3 credits)

PY 280 Practicum*

PY 391 Senior Seminar

Two of the following: (6 credits)

PY 211 Abnormal Psychology

PY 321 Personality

PY 323 Social Psychology

PY 330 Child Psychology

Two of the following: (6 credits)

PY 222 Learning

PY 234 Brain and Behavior

PY 236 Motivation

PY 237 Cognitive Psychology

Three other courses in psychology (9 credits)

The student and the advisor should agree upon these three additional courses. They may be drawn from the above lists or from other departmental offerings.

Art Therapy Concentration (45 credits, including 33 in psychology and 12 in studio art)

This program provides preparation for specialized training in the use of creative arts in psychotherapy. The art therapist, working with other mental health professionals, offers clients an outlet for creative expression and a method for enhancing self-esteem via personal communication using various media. Students may pursue graduate training in art therapy or other mental health fields.

Required Courses: (30 credits)

PY 111 Introduction to Psychology

PY 211 Abnormal Psychology

PY 218 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

PY 280 Practicum*

PY 312 Psychotherapy

PY 321 Personality

PY 325 Experimental Methods and Research Design

PY 340 Psychological Assessment

PY 371 Introduction to Art Therapy (offered in evening only)

PY 372 Theory and Practice of Art Therapy (offered in evening only)

One of the following: (3 credits)

PY 330 Child Development

PY 341 Adolescent Psychology

PY 350 Adulthood and Aging

Recommended Correlative: (12 credits)

AR 111 Drawing

AR 231 Ceramics

AR 311 Painting*

*Note: AR 213 (Color) is a pre-requisite for AR 311 (Painting)

Studio art electives (minimum of 3 credits)

Note: Admission to graduate art therapy programs requires a minimum of 18 credits in studio art. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least two additional studio art courses beyond those required for the major.

Child Development Concentration (42 credits)

This program provides structured preparation for work with typically developing or exceptional children. Students generally pursue employment or graduate studies in education or in clinical fields that emphasize work with children.

PY 111 Introduction to Psychology

PY 210 Behavior Modification

PY 218 Statistics

PY 229 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

PY 242 Educational Psychology

PY 280 Practicum*

PY 325 Experimental Methods and Research Design

PY 330 Child Development

PY 340 Psychological Assessment

PY 380 Internship (9 credits)*

Six Credits Selected from the Following:

PY 131–136 Topics in Child Development (1.5 credits each)

PY 248 Cultural Psychology

PY 331 Child Life: Concepts and Methods

ED 212 History and Philosophy of Education

Recommended Correlatives:

ED/PY 341 Adolescent Psychology

SO 122 The Family

S0 232 Juvenile Delinquency

SO 242 Minorities and Multicultural Diversity

Counseling and Mental Health Concentration (42 credits)

This concentration provides structured preparation for work in the prevention and remediation of emotional, behavioral, and educational problems. Students generally pursue employment or graduate studies in counseling or related fields.

Required Courses (36 credits)

PY 111 Introduction to Psychology

PY 210 Behavior Modification

PY 211 Abnormal Psychology

PY 213 Counseling Techniques

PY 218 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

PY 222 Learning

PY 280 Practicum*

PY 312 Psychotherapy

PY 325 Experimental Methods and Research Design

PY 340 Psychological Assessment

PY 380 Internship (6 credits)*

One of the following: (3 credits)

PY 330 Child Development

PY 341 Adolescent Psychology

PY 350 Adulthood and Aging

One of the following: (3 credits)

PY 229 Psychology of the Exceptional Child

PY 250 Community Psychology

Recommended Correlatives:

BI 116 The Human Body (offered in evening only) OR coursework in biology, such as BI111 and/or BI112

PY/SO 235 Drug and Alcohol Abuse (offered in evening only)

PY 248 Cultural Psychology

SO 212 Social Work: History and Practice

SO 242 Minorities and Multicultural Diversity

Psychology Minor (18 credits)

The psychology minor provides an overview of the field and includes the following courses:

PY 111 Introduction to Psychology

One of the following: (3 credits)

PY 222 Learning

PY 234 Brain and Behavior

PY 237 Cognitive Psychology

One of the following: (3 credits)

PY 321 Personality

PY 323 Social Psychology

PY 330 Child Development