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Psychology

Degree

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Associate of Arts in Psychology

Concentration

Concentration in Clinical Psychology

Minors

The Psychology Department at Wesley College provides a broad-based curriculum which exposes the student to a wide variety of fields in which Psychology is used. The overriding goal of the Psychology Department is to prepare students for graduate school in the field of Psychology, or other allied fields, or to enter the work force in entry level positions in various government or human services agencies.

The following learning goals for psychology majors are aligned with the American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major – 2.0:

  1. Knowledge Base in Psychology: Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World: The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  4. Communication: Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Professional Development: The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

Program Description

Special Features

  • Internship opportunities available for qualified Senior Psychology majors
  • Psychology Club which is open to all Psychology majors. This club is organized and run by elected officers in the Psychology program, along with a faculty advisor.
  • Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology is available at Wesley College. This honors organization is open to students who have either a major or minor in Psychology and who meet the national organization’s requirements for induction
  • Directed research with a faculty member. This provides an excellent opportunity to engage in and present independent research before entering into graduate school
  • Since 2013, financial support for Wesley College’s Psychology Department activities and initiatives (i.e., research taking place in the Psychology Laboratory) have come from the Delaware INBRE program, supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences – NIGMS (P20 GM103446) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the State of Delaware.

Research Experience

 

  • Participation
    • Race, Sex, Power Conference
    • National Association of School Psychologists
  • Presentations
    • Psychology Senior Seminar
    • Honors Theses
    • Scholars Day
    • Eastern Psychological Association
  • Publications
    • Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research

Alumni Success Profiles

Tenaj Moody graduated early from Wesley, in Fall of 2014. Upon graduation she secured a position as a counselor at Glen Mills School, a residential facility for adjudicated and at-risk youth in Pennsylvania. She completed a master’s in criminal justice in May 2017 from St. Joseph University with a specialization in applied behavioral analysis. She was invited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be a candidate for their Honors Internship Program for 2016.She currently works as a victim advocate for victims of crime at North Central Victim Services in Philadelphia and is continuing her work with the non-profit organization she began, Light to Life, dedicated to increasing awareness and providing education regarding domestic violence.

Alexis Jones, a 2016 graduate of Wesley College has moved from her job as a program associate at The Bancroft School in New Jersey, a large organization that specializes in services for individuals with brain injuries, autism, and intellectual disabilities. She has recently taken a position at Brett DiNovi & Associates, where she will be working in homes with children with autism and helping their parents with their child’s goals. She is pursuing a master’s degree in applied behavioral analysis at Rowan University.

Luis Arteaga, a 2018 graduate of Wesley College, with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. He served in the military throughout his undergraduate career and was stationed in South Korea during his first semester. Currently, he is an employee of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives in Washington D.C. He also works as a Spanish-English interpreter. He is enrolled part-time in a Masters of Forensic Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He plans to become a doctoral forensic psychologist.

Katherine King, a 2020 graduate of Wesley College with dual degrees in psychology and nursing, is employed as an RN in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She is currently applying to Albright College’s ADVANCE (Academic Development and Clinical Experience) Certificate Program in preparation for medical school.

Degree Requirements

The Psychology Department requires majors to complete 42 credit hours in Psychology towards the 124 credits required for graduation. The following courses, as well as three other elective Psychology courses are required:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Science
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Psychology of Human Development
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Experimental Psychology
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psychology Senior Seminar

An additional 39 hours of core courses and 43 hours of general electives are required in order to fulfill the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree.

Psychology majors must take all required Psychology courses at Wesley College once they have matriculated. Students who transfer required Psychology courses into Wesley prior to matriculating at Wesley will have those courses applied towards their BA degree at Wesley subject to review and approval of the Department Chair. This requirement may be waived, based upon specific individual circumstances, with the approval of the Department Chair.

To graduate, students majoring in Psychology must hold a minimum GPA of 2.50 in all required psychology courses, including the three required psychology electives, and must attain a minimum grade of C in all required psychology courses, including the three required psychology electives.

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