PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) LL56, (651) 962-5030
Robinson-Riegler (chair), Amel, Beckmann, Bock, Buri, Chalkley, Giebenhain, Hankerson, Jessee, Johnson, Prichard, Scott, Tauer, Wolfe

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/psychology/default.html

The courses and programs offered by the Department of Psychology are meant to be a part of a liberal arts education, teaching the basic principles and theory of psychology, the scientific study of human behavior, mental processes, and emotions. The psychology programs are designed to prepare students with the analytical and technical skills necessary for graduate study in psychology and for careers in human services and other occupations for which a psychology background is valuable. Courses are offered that introduce psychology to non-majors, enabling students to make practical applications of psychology to their own lives.

Students who graduate with a major in psychology will be able to produce a research paper written in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. They will be trained in those research and statistical skills frequently employed in the field of psychology. They will be able to complete an independent research project, and write a synthesis of the psychological literature in an area of psychological interest.

Students majoring in psychology must successfully complete a minimum of twenty-four credits in psychology at St. Thomas. Students minoring in psychology must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits in psychology at St. Thomas. All courses counting toward the major or the minor must be graded using the regular (letter) grading system.

The department also offers General Psychology (PSYC 111) for students to fulfill the Social Analysis component of the core curriculum.

Psychology Honor Societies

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology, was founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. The St. Thomas chapter was established in 1997. Students who have a grade point average of at least 3.00 in psychology, rank in the highest 35 percent of their class, and who have completed at least three semesters of college coursework, including nine hours in psychology, are eligible to apply for membership.

Nu Rho Psi, the national Neuroscience Honor Society encourages professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience. The St. Thomas chapter was established in 2007. Students who have a 3.2 or higher overall grade point average and a 3.5 or higher grade point average in specific neuroscience courses are eligible to apply. For more information, go to http://www.stthomas.edu/neuroscience/clubs/default.html.

The Department of Psychology also recognizes selected students each year for outstanding research, service, and academic achievements.

Major in Psychology

Psychology - Major Field Guide

PSYC 111 General Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 212 Research Methods in Psychology (4 credits)
PSYC 422 History and Systems (4 credits) (to be taken during the senior year)

Plus 8 additional courses:

  • At least one from each perspective
  • Four of the eight must be 300/400 level
  • Two must be lab courses (PSYC 212 is a pre-requisite for all lab courses)

Perspective-Based Courses

BIOLOGICAL
PSYC 206 Brain and Human Behavior
PSYC 207 Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Behavior
PSYC 322 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 401 Physiological Psychology

COGNITIVE
PSYC 315 Cognition
PSYC 323 Psychology of Learning and Memory
PSYC 400 Seminar in Cognition
PSYC 415 Research Issues in Cognition

SOCIAL
PSYC 121 Social Psychology
PSYC 151 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 321 Research Issues in Social Psychology

DEVELOPMENTAL
PSYC 200 Infancy and Childhood
PSYC 202 Lifespan Development
PSYC 203 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 204 Adulthood and Aging
PSYC 402 Developmental Psychology Research

CLINICAL
PSYC 301 Psychopathology
PSYC 302 Personality Theories
PSYC 313 Psychological Testing
PSYC 428 Counseling and Psychotherapy 

ELECTIVE COURSES
PSYC 205 Psychology of Women
PSYC 250 Positive Psychology
PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and Family
PSYC 308 Motivation and Emotion
PSYC 342 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSYC 365 Health Psychology

Allied requirements

All of the following or an adequate substitute approved by the chair:

  • BIOL 101 General Biology (4 credits) or BIOL 105 Human Biology (4 credits) or BIOL 106 Women, Medicine and Biology (4 credits) or BIOL 207 Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution (4 credits)

Plus:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits) (or MATH 108-109, 111 or 113; students should take highest level for which eligible)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Students should take the following courses in the following order:

  • MATH 101 (or MATH 108-109 or 111 or 113)
  • STAT 220
  • PSYC 212

Note: These courses should be taken early in the college career, since they are prerequisites for some required courses in psychology. A student should consult early with her/his department adviser to have her/his plan approved.

Teacher Licensure

Elementary Education with a Specialty in Social Studies (5-8)
Co-major in Social Studies (5-12) and a Co-major in Secondary Education

See Education 

Minor in Psychology

  • PSYC 111 General Psychology (4 credits) 

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • PSYC 121 Social Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 151 Cross-Cultural Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Infancy and Childhood (4 credits)
  • PSYC 202 Lifespan Development (4 credits) (students may not receive credit for both 202 and 200)
  • PSYC 203 Psychology of Adolescence (4 credits)
  • PSYC 204 The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (4 credits)
  • PSYC 205 Psychology of Women (4 credits)
  • PSYC 206 The Brain and Human Behavior (4 credits)
  • PSYC 207 Alcohol, Other Drugs and Behavior (4 credits)
  • PSYC 212 Research Methods in Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 288 Psychology of Marriage and the Family (4 credits) 

Plus eight credits from the following:

  • PSYC 301 Psychopathology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 302 Personality Theories (4 credits)
  • PSYC 308 Motivation and Emotion (4 credits)
  • PSYC 313 Psychological Testing (4 credits)
  • PSYC 315 Cognition (4 credits)
  • PSYC 321 Current Research Issues in Social Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 322 Sensation and Perception (4 credits)
  • PSYC 323 Learning and Memory (4 credits)
  • PSYC 342 Psychology and Work (4 credits)
  • PSYC 400 Seminar in Cognitive and Language Development (4 credits)
  • PSYC 401 Physiological Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 415 Research Issues in Cognition (4 credits)
  • PSYC 422 History and Systems (4 credits)
  • PSYC 428 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (4 credits)

Students should consult early with a department adviser to have their plan approved.

Course Number Title Credits
PSYC  111 General Psychology 4
PSYC  121 Social Psychology 4
PSYC  151 Cross-Cultural Psychology 4
PSYC  200 Psy: Infancy & Childhood 4
PSYC  202 Lifespan Development 4
PSYC  203 Psych of Adolescence 4
PSYC  204 Psych: Adulthood & Aging 4
PSYC  205 Psychology of Women 4
PSYC  206 Brain & Human Behavior 4
PSYC  207 Alcohol,Drugs & Behavior 4
PSYC  212 Research Meth in Psych 4
PSYC  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
PSYC  250 Positive Psychology 4
PSYC  269 Research 2 OR 4
PSYC  288 Psy of Marriage & Family 4
PSYC  297 Topics 4
PSYC  298 Topics 4
PSYC  301 Psychopathology 4
PSYC  302 Personality Theories 4
PSYC  308 Motivation and Emotion 4
PSYC  313 Psychological Testing 4
PSYC  315 Cognition 4
PSYC  321 Res Issues: Social Psych 4
PSYC  322 Sensation & Perception 4
PSYC  323 Learning and Memory 4
PSYC  342 Psychology and Work 4
PSYC  365 Health Psychology 4
PSYC  389 Research 2 OR 4
PSYC  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
PSYC  400 Sem/Cognitive & Lang Devel 4
PSYC  401 Physiological Psychology 4
PSYC  402 Developmental Psych Research 4
PSYC  415 Research Issues in Cognition 4
PSYC  422 History of Psych in Context 4
PSYC  428 Counseling & Psychotherapy 4
PSYC  475 Experiential Learning 2
PSYC  476 Experiential Learning 2
PSYC  477 Experiential Learning 4
PSYC  478 Experiential Learning 4
PSYC  489 Topics 4
PSYC  490 Topics 4
PSYC  491 Individual Research 2 OR 4
PSYC  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4