- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Associate of Arts in Psychology
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:
- 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.
- Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.
- 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.
- Communication: Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
- 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.
- 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 majors, 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
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.