Majors and Areas of Study
The major in psychology consists of 39 credit hours. Thirty-five hours of psychology
courses must be successfully completed, plus MATH 211—Elementary Statistics. These
35 hours of psychology courses include 26 hours of required courses, plus nine additional
A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in psychology will:
• understand the scientific method and be able to apply it to test hypotheses and
• understand psychological theories; be able to compare, contrast and evaluate
historical and theoretical perspectives; and be able to select elements of theoretical
perspectives for practical application.
• understand and be able to apply professional ethical principles in research and the
• demonstrate an awareness of the values, attitudes, and cognitions that underlie an
understanding of oneself and the self in relation to others.
• understand the influence of culture on psychological processes.
Suggested Sequence Major Requirements
PSY 150 General Psychology (fall, freshman year)
PSY 240 Child Development (freshman or sophomore year)
PSY 270 Neuropsychology (spring, sophomore year)
MATH 211 Elementary Statistics (spring, sophomore year)
PSY 222 Research Methods (sophomore or junior year)
PSY 300 Abnormal Behavior (sophomore or junior year)
PSY 310 Personality Theory (sophomore or junior year)
Any 300 level laboratory course (junior or senior year) (PSY 340, 342, or 343)
PSY 430 History and Philosophy of Psychology (junior or senior year)
One additional 400 level psychology course (PSY 410, 420, 440 or 450) (junior or senior
Nine additional hours of psychology electives must be taken to complete this major.
Included in the acceptable electives are REL 250—Psychology of Religion and EDUC
Psychology majors must earn a grade of at least C in the 26 hours of courses required
for the major and maintain a 2.0 overall average for all psychology courses. Majors
are expected to choose an adviser within the psychology department and to work
conscientiously with the adviser to insure appropriate course selections and timely
progress toward fulfilling major requirements and general college requirements.
Psychology majors are encouraged to elect courses in related fields, such as biology,
sociology, political science, philosophy, neuroscience and other courses in the humanities
Psychology majors may wish to concentrate in one of the following: (1) development
across the lifespan; (2) counseling psychology; (3) experimental psychology; (4) cognitive
psychology. A student may select one of these tracks, or a combination, in accordance
with the student’s interests and goals as a psychology major. Consult with a faculty
member for course suggestions.
The minor in psychology consists of six psychology courses (19-20 credit hours) plus
MATH 111. The following courses comprise the minor requirements.
PSY 150 General Psychology
MATH 211 Elementary Statistics
PSY 222 Research Methods
PSY 240 Child Development
PSY 242 Adolescent Development
PSY 244 Adulthood and Aging
PSY 300 Abnormal Behavior
PSY 310 Personality Theory
PSY 430 History and Philosophy of Psychology
One additional 300-400 level Psychology course
The neuroscience program at Thiel College is an interdisciplinary program that
capitalizes on and further develops the interface between biology and psychology.
Thiel’s program has a very strong emphasis on experiential learning with laboratory
experiences, field trips, and a required internship and senior research project. The
program is intended to prepare students for graduate programs in neuroscience,
psychology and biology and professional programs in a variety of areas of allied health,
including traditional medicine as well as entry level positions as technologists or sales