A Career in Psychology
There is a positive career outlook for those earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Graduates will be able to pursue entry-level positions in mental health, social services and research positions. Many people associate psychology with psychological therapy and the practice of clinical psychology. There are actually many other important areas of scientific psychology, such as cognitive, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology.
The Bachelor’s degree in Psychology is designed to meet all 10 learning goals listed by the American Psychological Association (APA) for undergraduate psychology majors.
By graduation, PNC students have had wide experience in the critical analysis of theory and research, statistical data analysis and will have skills that will be useful to a broad range of occupations and other activities in life.
Qualifying PNC Psychology majors will have the opportunity for initiation into its chapter of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honor Society. This organization offers students the distinctive honor of being initiated for life based on their cumulative and major specific GPA as well as percentile rank.
Psychology Program Overview
PNC Psychology majors achieve a balance among basic psychological principles, research methods and theories, and their application to applied areas such as early child education, behavioral science and development, counseling, and developmental disabilities. The curriculum emphasizes quantitative research methods and gives students a variety of opportunities for close faculty-student involvement in research projects.
The general objective of the psychology major is to enhance understanding of behavior and mental processes and to examine their connections to the fields of biology and the social sciences. This general objective is translated into specific objectives that concern the understanding of:
- Scientific methodology
- The current state of psychological knowledge
- The application of both methodology and knowledge to real-world problems and events
The psychology major consists of:
- A required core of courses that introduces students to the field and to communication skills within the field. This core includes required methodology courses in writing, library research, statistics, and experimental design.
- A lower-division content-course requirement.
- A set of upper-division content courses that represent psychology’s close alliance with both social science and natural-science approaches to the study of behavior.
- Upper-division semester-hours.
- A senior capstone experience.
- Psychology majors must demonstrate, through one of the approved options provided in documents made available by the department, that they have an understanding of the contributions of diversity and multiculturalism to the understanding of psychology.
Requirements for the BS in Psychology include:
- Elementary Psychology
- Statistics in Psychology
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Professional and Ethical Issues
- Psychology of Personality
- Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy
Also, students have a unique opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and independent study on campus.
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