Psychology is the study of human behavior and mental processes. The field of psychology is built upon scientific research designed to understand, predict and influence behavior. A diverse discipline, psychology includes a range of subjects from neuropsychology, the study of the brain, to industrial/organizational psychology, the study of the workplace. Students holding a degree in psychology may distinguish themselves in areas such as individual, family, or school counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, forensics and law, sports performance and motivation, educational testing and intervention, marketing, public health, and a variety of other fields.
The goal of the psychology program at Gwynedd Mercy University is to prepare student for graduate school and careers in psychology and related fields. As such, coursework is designed to cover a wide array of topics, such as social psychology, human development, adolescent psychology, theories of learning, abnormal psychology, biopsychology, dementia, death and dying, forensic psychology, counseling techniques, and interpersonal processes. Students interested in the role of psychology across the human experience are also encouraged to take relevant courses in criminal justice, human services, and other disciplines. Research and leadership skills are further developed through training in statistics and research methods, with opportunities for students to engage in faculty- as well as student-led research and to present at local, regional, and national conferences. Each student also benefits from field placements that allow them to put theory into practice, gain work experience, and network with professionals in their chosen field.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Students enrolled in the BA in Psychology program are required to take two semesters (6 credits) of a foreign language as part of their general education requirements. Graduates in the field of psychology have distinguished themselves in many settings: school counseling, community counseling, hospital administration, law, research and higher education.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
The psychology program covers a wide array of topics relevant to the human experience, such as human development, abnormal psychology, biopsychology, history of psychology, theories of counseling, among others. Along with courses which prepare students for graduate school, such as statistics, research methods, and experimental psychology, students will benefit from mandatory field placement, where they will gain experience and network with professionals in their chosen field. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program are required to complete a core of courses (9 credits) drawn from the natural sciences and computer science. Graduates in the field of psychology have distinguished themselves in many settings: school counseling, community counseling, hospital administration, law, research and higher education.