Psychology

Psychology Major

Learn more about this major

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a bachelor of arts degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

Students can earn a bachelor of science degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of science degree.

Major Requirements: 11 courses, 44 credits

Core Requirements (4 courses, 16 credits)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114; Restricted to majors only unless with permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the use of statistics as tools for description and decision-making

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and PSYCH-215

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides an overview of the historical background of psychology as a science before introducing students to research methods employed in psychology including naturalistic observation

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing. Restricted to majors only, unless permission of instructor is granted.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Emphasizes the development of essential foundational knowledge and skills in psychology including critical thinking

Area Requirements (3 courses, 12 credits)

Choose one course from Social or Cultural Bases:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys the major theoretical approaches to personality including representative theorists from the psychoanalytic

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Studies the social determinants of the behavior of individuals in relation to groups and surveys current research findings in such major content areas as attribution

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines historical

Prerequisites:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the substantial influence of culture on psychological processes and human behavior. Explores the complex

Choose one course from Neurological and Biological Bases:

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, & PSYCH-216.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines theory and research of the neurological processes associated with social behavior

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, PSYCH-216 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines theory and research on a number of human cognitive processes

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215 and PSYCH-216

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the organic basis for human and animal behavior. Topics include nervous system structure and function as well as neurological contributions to motivation

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines how biological

Choose one course from Developmental Bases:

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines physical

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines biological

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the physical

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the physical

Electives (2 courses, 8 credits)

Choose two of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines contemporary ways of conceptualizing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the field of human sexuality across the life span. Topics include: sexual anatomy and physiology

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the application of psychological theories and principles to organizations and the workplace with attention to the role of culture and context. Topics includes job analysis

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines theoretical and empirical approaches that provide insight into Asian viewpoints on socialization practices

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the theories

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing. PSYCH majors only unless permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the process of the storage of information

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the complex interplay of physiological

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the processes and behaviors that support and detract from the establishment and maintenance of an effective professional helping relationship. Explores cultural factors that influence relationship building and provides supervised practice of helping skills that promote behavior change and effective problem-solving.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the concepts of psychological disorder highlighting the complexities and consequences inherent in labeling human behaviors and experiences as "abnormal." Examines the prevalence and core features of the most common psychological disorders and explores psychological

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides an overview of behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. Examines the prevalence

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and 54 credits or more

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the interface between psychology and the law by exploring the theoretical

Note: Psychology Area Requirement courses not used to fulfill the Area Requirement may be completed as electives.

Experiential Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Considers the reciprocal relationship between individuals and their social context and explores the strength-based

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-340 or PSYCH-240 and Junior Standing. Restricted to majors only unless permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides majors the opportunity to gain a meaningful field experience in a professional setting that is consistent with their academic background and career goals. Using resources available through the psychological department and career services

Students who intend to complete PSYCH-350 must secure their own internship position prior to the start of the semester.

Senior Capstone Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

The capstone requirement should be completed during the senior year by taking one of the following courses:

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216. Senior standing. Psych majors only unless permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides seniors the opportunity to reflect on

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216; By invitation only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides seniors the opportunity to reflect on

Notes:

  • PSYCH-H428 is by invitation only
  • Advanced Placement Credit-Students who scored a 4 or 5 in A.P. Psychology may count these towards the PSYCH-114 requirement

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Psychology Major Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will...
Students will be able to...
Increase knowledge base in psychology
  • Describe key concepts, principles and overarching themes in psychology
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of psychology's major content domains (social or cultural bases, neurological and biological bases, developmental bases)
  • Describe how the mind and body interact to influence psychological and physical health
  • Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues, address pressing societal needs, and inform public policy
  • Increase skill in scientific inquiry and critical thinking
  • Read and summarize complex ideas accurately, including future directions, from psychological sources and research
  • Describe the characteristics and relative value of different information sources (e.g., primary vs. secondary, peer reviewed vs. nonreviewed, empirical vs. non-empirical)
  • Locate relevant scholarship (e.g., databases, credible journals) to address psychological questions
  • Interpret, design and conduct basic psychological research
  • Apply knowledge of research skills necessary to be an informed consumer of research or critic regarding unsupported claims about behavior
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  • Recognize the systemic influences of sociocultural, theoretical, and personal biases on the research enterprise and evaluate the effectiveness with which researchers address those influences in psychological research
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • Identify dimensions of cultural identity
  • Recognize potential for discrimination and prejudice in self and others and consider psychology-based strategies for diminishing discriminatory practices
  • Exhibit sensitivity to issues of power, privilege and discrimination
  • Refine communication skills
  • Employ APA writing style and demonstrate effective scientific, persuasive, descriptive, and argumentative writing
  • Exhibit effective scientific, persuasive, descriptive and argumentative presentation skills
  • Tailor length and development of ideas in formats that fit the purpose
  • Interact sensitively and respectfully with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and cultural perspectives
  • Develop professional knowledge and skills
  • Describe career options available to psychology majors and understand steps needed to pursue a range of careers
  • Evaluate personal strengths and characteristics of potential work settings or graduate school programs to optimize career direction and satisfaction
  • Engage in ongoing reflective practice
  • Demonstrate self-efficacy and self-regulation in professional settings (i.e., internship or community psychology service)
  • Pursue and respond appropriately to feedback from educators, mentors, supervisors, and experts to improve performance
  • Actively develop alternative strategies, including conflict management, to contend with potential problems
  • Plan, implement, and manage projects

  • Psychology Minor

    Learn more about this minor

    Minor Requirements: 5 courses, 20 credits

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

    Choose one course at the 300-level or above.

    Choose three additional Psychology courses at any level.

    Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

    Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major or double major combination to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

    Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's in Mental Health Counseling Degree

    Learn more about this accelerated degree

    Degree Requirements

    1. Students admitted to this dual degree program must meet all the requirements of the undergraduate Psychology degree program.
    2. Students must also meet all requirements for the Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
    3. The two graduate courses taken during the senior year will count toward BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Credit hours will be awarded based on the graduate course description.
    4. Before enrolling in a particular graduate course during the senior year, a student must obtain permission from the MHC graduate program director.
    5. Students are subject to the usual standards for academic standing, i.e., undergraduate standards for undergraduate courses and graduate standards for graduate courses.

    Upon successful completion of all of the degree requirements, a student will receive a dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. The exact degree (BA/BS and Master’s) will be awarded based on the specific undergraduate program the student completes. A student may permanently exit the dual degree program and opt to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree if all the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree have been met. In this case, the graduate courses taken in the senior year will be counted as 4-credit courses applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements.

    Societies and Honors

    Honors

    To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

    1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.75 or higher
    2. Complete PSYCH-H555 with a passing grade and a thesis approved by thesis advisor
      1. Note: In order to qualify to enroll in PSYCH-H555, a student must:
        1. Apply to the department before the start of the senior year
        2. Have a major GPA of 3.75 or higher
        3. Have completed PSYCH-215 and PSYCH-216 with a minimum grade of B+ in each course
    3. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

    To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must:

    1. Have a major GPA of 3.75 or higher
    2. Complete PSYCH-215 and PSYCH-216 with a minimum grade of B+
    3. Receive an invitation from the honors coordinator in the spring of their junior year
    4. Submit the Intent to Complete a Thesis form to the honors coordinator by the last day of the second semester of junior year

    Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology

    The Suffolk University chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, was chartered on April 28, 1978. Psi Chi is a member of the American Association of College Honor Societies. Students meeting the criteria listed below are contacted in the spring semester and invited to join this organization.

    1. Sophomore, junior, or senior class status
    2. Completion of at least three courses in Psychology at Suffolk
    3. Cumulative GPA in the top 35% within CAS class
    4. Psychology GPA of 3.0 or higher

    New members are inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society at a ceremony held in April.

    Psychology Courses

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the field of neuroscience

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to honor students in the CAS and SBS schools, or instructor permission.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114; Restricted to majors only unless with permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the use of statistics as tools for description and decision-making

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and PSYCH-215

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides an overview of the historical background of psychology as a science before introducing students to research methods employed in psychology including naturalistic observation

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and PSYCH-215 and CAS Honors students only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides an overview of the historical background of psychology as a science before introducing students to research methods employed in psychology including naturalistic observation

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines contemporary ways of conceptualizing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the field of human sexuality across the life span. Topics include: sexual anatomy and physiology

    Prerequisites:

    CAS Honors students only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the field of human sexuality across the life span. Topics include: sexual anatomy and physiology

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys the major theoretical approaches to personality including representative theorists from the psychoanalytic

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines physical

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and CAS Honor students

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines physical

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing. Restricted to majors only, unless permission of instructor is granted.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Emphasizes the development of essential foundational knowledge and skills in psychology including critical thinking

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Studies the social determinants of the behavior of individuals in relation to groups and surveys current research findings in such major content areas as attribution

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the application of psychological theories and principles to organizations and the workplace with attention to the role of culture and context. Topics includes job analysis

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines theoretical and empirical approaches that provide insight into Asian viewpoints on socialization practices

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    Introduces contemporary theory and research on mindfulness as a psychological construct. Examines challenges that arise in defining and assessing mindfulness and explores its applications in psychotherapy

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines biological

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the theories

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, & PSYCH-216.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines theory and research of the neurological processes associated with social behavior

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, & PSYCH-216. CAS Honors students only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines theory and research of the neurological processes associated with social behavior

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, PSYCH-216 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines theory and research on a number of human cognitive processes

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215 and PSYCH-216

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the organic basis for human and animal behavior. Topics include nervous system structure and function as well as neurological contributions to motivation

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing. PSYCH majors only unless permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the process of the storage of information

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the complex interplay of physiological

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the processes and behaviors that support and detract from the establishment and maintenance of an effective professional helping relationship. Explores cultural factors that influence relationship building and provides supervised practice of helping skills that promote behavior change and effective problem-solving.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, CAS honors students with more than 24 credits

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores and examines basic models of helping and provides supervised practice of helping skills. Format includes lecture

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines historical

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines how biological

    Prerequisites:

    Take PSYCH-114 and Sophomore status required. CAS Honors students only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines how biological

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the concepts of psychological disorder highlighting the complexities and consequences inherent in labeling human behaviors and experiences as "abnormal." Examines the prevalence and core features of the most common psychological disorders and explores psychological

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the physical

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the physical

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides an overview of behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. Examines the prevalence

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, CAS Honors students with at least 24 credits only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the etiology and symptoms of disorders of childhood and adolescence

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114; Psychology majors with 32 or more credits;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the broad range of career options that are available to psychology majors. Provides guidance on the development of internship and job search skills and introduces students to on- and off-campus resources aimed at maximizing their opportunities for success post-graduation.

    Prerequisites:

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the substantial influence of culture on psychological processes and human behavior. Explores the complex

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Considers the reciprocal relationship between individuals and their social context and explores the strength-based

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and 54 credits or more

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the interface between psychology and the law by exploring the theoretical

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-340 or PSYCH-240 and Junior Standing. Restricted to majors only unless permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides majors the opportunity to gain a meaningful field experience in a professional setting that is consistent with their academic background and career goals. Using resources available through the psychological department and career services

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores a specialty area in psychology. Topic varies semester to semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216. Senior standing. Psych majors only unless permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides seniors the opportunity to reflect on

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216; By invitation only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides seniors the opportunity to reflect on

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114; with instructor permission

    Credits:

    0.00

    Description:

    Provides students the opportunity to observe and participate in an ongoing program of research within the psychology department.

    Prerequisites:

    Sophomore standing. Instructor or Dept Chair permission required.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    This independent study course provides students with credit for an unpaid supervised field experience completed during the semester when credit is earned. Students who meet the criteria set by the field site (typically class standing and GPA) are invited by the Psychology Department to apply for these positions when they are available. This course does not fulfill the Psychology major's Experiential Courses requirement.

    Prerequisites:

    JR or SR status; Majors Only; Department chair consent.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Substantive reading/research in area of special interest directed by a faculty member.

    Prerequisites:

    CAS Honors students only; Department chair consent.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Substantive reading/research in area of special interest directed by a faculty member.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-350; Instructor Consent Required

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Provides majors who have successfully completed an internship the opportunity to gain additional field experience in a professional setting. Individual learning goals and objectives will be formulated for each student

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-350; CAS Honors; Instructor Consent Required

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Provides majors who have successfully completed an internship the opportunity to gain additional field experience in a professional setting. Individual learning goals and objectives will be formulated for each student

    Prerequisites:

    Take PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216; Instructor Approval Required

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    An individual program of reading