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Psychology Major

Psychology involves the study of thinking, feeling, and behavior, and is a part of virtually every facet of society. The psychology major provides a valuable foundation for a variety of careers in business, industry, government, or healthcare. It is also designed to prepare students for graduate training that can lead to a professional degree in psychology.
Degree Requirements

The following classes are required for all Psychology Majors.  A minimum grade of C or higher is required.

  • Psyc 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • Psyc 291 Research Design and Statistical Analysis I (and lab)
  • Psyc 292 Research Design and Statistical Analysis II (and lab)
  • Psyc 203 Majoring in Psychology
  • Psyc 301 History of Psychology
  • One course from each of the following clusters;
    • Social/Personality
      • Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Gender
    • Development/Cognitive
      • Developmental Psychology: Childhood, Developmental Psychology: Adolescence, Antecedents of Aggression, Memory and Cognition
    • Applied/Clinical
      • Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Psychological Assessment
    • Biology/Health
      • Biopsychology, Health Psychology, Drugs and Human Behavior, Behavior Modification

Psychology Majors at Mercyhurst choose a track that best suits their interests and goals.  The courses in each track are taken in addition to the psychology core classes listed above.

Applied Track (designed to give students experience learning and applying professional, ethical, and effective interpersonal communication skills, which are important in a wide variety of fields.) Students in this track must take Counseling Theory and Skills (Psyc 223), one advanced-level course (300-level, i.e., Advanced Social Psychology, Psyc 331), one additional psychology elective course, and an internship.  A GPA of 2.5 is required for Applied Track Psychology Majors.

Research Track (designed to prepare students for acceptance into and success in graduate school programs that require basic research, such as PhD programs.)  Students in this track must take two advanced-level courses (300-level, i.e., Advanced Social Psychology, Psyc 331), one additional psychology elective course, and a Senior Research Practicum, which requires students to design, execute, and present an original and independent research project.  A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for Research Track Psychology Majors.

General Track (designed to give students flexibility to complete their degrees or double major in another subject.) Students in this track must take 3 additional psychology elective courses, plus one advanced course (300-level course).  A GPA of 2.25 or higher is required for General Track Psychology Majors.