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Psychology is a science that seeks to understand the mind and behavior of humans and non-human animals. There are many areas of specific interest within the discipline of psychology, such as perception, learning, memory, intelligence, personality, development across the lifespan, abnormal behavior and social behavior.
The psychology department at Thiel College has adopted five goals for psychology majors, which adhere to the American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. These five goals include the following:
Considering these goals, a student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in psychology should develop:
Psychology Departmental Honors Students will earn departmental honors if they achieve a 3.5 or higher GPA in the major.
The major in psychology consists of 19 hours of foundation courses, 4 hours of capstone courses, and 9 psychology elective hours. The final 13 credit hours comprises the student’s specialization courses in one of three tracks:
In order to successfully complete the psychology major, students must earn a grade of at least C minus in the courses required for the major and maintain a 2.0 overall average for all psychology courses. Majors are expected to choose an advisor within the psychology department, and work conscientiously to ensure appropriate course selections and timely progress toward fulfilling major and general college requirements. All psychology majors, regardless of track specialization, must successfully complete the following (C- or higher):
Psychology Electives: (Cannot overlap with Foundation, Capstone, or selected Track course listings) 200-level or higher at least 6 CH 300-level or higher at least 3 CH
Note: elective CH can also include enrollment in internship or research credit along with traditional PSY course listings. Also included in the acceptable electives (outside of PSY listings) are REL 250 Psychology of Religion and EDUC 112 Educational Psychology. All psychology majors must SELECT ONE of the following track specializations, and successfully complete (C- or higher) 13 CH of coursework within the track: