Overview

Would you like to make a difference in the area of mental health? As a psychology major at SMWC, you will be prepared to combine knowledge about the human mind with the ability to collect, analyze and interpret data from a logical, problem-solving perspective. You’ll develop research skills and gain insight into human behavior.

This program provides the advantage of a well-balanced generalist program taught by doctoral level faculty who are experienced teachers, researchers and practitioners. Our graduates merge seamlessly into entry-level health and human service careers or go on to earn advanced degrees.

Major

In addition to the Woods Core courses and electives, the psychology major requires 43 credit hours of psychology-focused coursework.

Required Courses

34 credit hours required; All courses listed.

PS 111 General Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 195 Freshman Seminar in Psychology
Campus | 1 Credit
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This course orients beginning psychology majors to the major and to the profession of psychology. Students learn how to use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, how to access the primary databases in psychology, the benefits of membership in APA, and the necessary training to practice in various careers in psychology. For psychology majors or minors only.

Campus 1 Credit
PS 240 Psychology of Women
Campus | 3 Credits
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An overview of current psychological theories and research on issues which impact women in their development throughout the life cycle. Gender roles, women and work, violence against women, psychological disorders in women, and the biological/cultural basis of sex/gender are among the topics explored.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 253 Statistics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Organization of data; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression; chi-square; analysis of variance; application to business decisions and experiments in natural and social sciences. Use of appropriate computer software. Prerequisite: MA 117 or placement.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 260 Developmental Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 312 Research
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces research methods including experimental and quasi-experimental design, correlation techniques, survey and field research. May have course fee. Prerequisites: PS 111 and MA/PS 253.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 320 Learning
Campus | 3 Credits
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Considers the processes of learning and memory based on contemporary research and theory. Focuses on how learning processes work in animals and humans, as well as the practical aspects of the psychology of learning. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 330 Biological Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Teaches how the brain and central nervous system may be divided by function, the relationship between the biological potential of the organism and behavior, and how observable behavior has evolved over time. Focuses on the factors that arouse, sustain and direct the behavior of humans and animals. May have course fee. Prerequisites: PS 111, BI 101 or CH 101, plus six hours of psychology, or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 360 Abnormal Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 395 Junior Seminar in Psychology
Campus | 2 Credits
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Explores career options in psychology, including a survey of graduate school options for both clinical and research psychology. Students will participate in resume building as well as exercises for the preparation of a successful graduate school application. Students will also review professional ethics and standards. May have course fee. Normally reserved for students with junior standing. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 2 Credits
PS 420 Cognitive Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explores the way humans receive, store, and manipulate information from the world around them. The principles of cognitive neuroscience, attention and consciousness, memory, knowledge representation, language processes and problem solving will be studied. Major theories of cognition and their applications to real-world phenomena will be examined. Prerequisites: PS 111

Campus 3 Credits
PS 440 Personality
Campus | 3 Credits
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Extensive coverage of the basic concepts and methods, major theories and results of research in the field of personality. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 495 Senior Seminar in Psychology
Campus | 1 Credit
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Designed to help the student complete the capstone project in psychology, an extensive proposal for research which allows the student to marshal knowledge of both the subject matter and the methods of psychological inquiry. Prerequisites: PS 312 and PS 395.

Campus 1 Credit

Required Elective

Choose one:

HS 250 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Helping Professions
Campus | 3 Credits
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An introduction to ethical issues in the helping professions and the legal context of practice, with emphasis on the development of ethical competence for the undergraduate helping professional.

Campus 3 Credits
PL 200 Law, Ethics, and Society
Online | 3 Credits
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The study of law and the legal system. Introduces case law, analysis and ethical consideration in our world. Provides an overview of the courts, civil and criminal procedure, torts, contracts, property law and the individual’s rights. An excellent course for any student because of its practical, universal content and for students who are interested in attending law school. August, October, January, May every year.

Online 3 Credits

Psychology Major - Electives

Choose 6 credit hours from the following elective options.

PS 250 Human Sexuality
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the biological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of human sexuality and related research. Topics include anatomy and physiology related to human sexual response, sexual and psychosexual development, sexual orientation, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual dysfunction, variations in sexual behavior, abuse and age related changes.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 261 Adolescent Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies physical, emotional, intellectual and moral development during adolescence; adjustment to change; peer, adult and institutional influences, relationships and pressure.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 280 Topics in Psychology
Campus | 1-3 Credit
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Special psychological topics such as Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Intimate Relationships, Prejudice and Stereotyping, and Sport Psychology. May be repeated with different topics. As needed. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 1-3 Credit
PS 285 Techniques of Counseling
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Theoretical and practical knowledge needed to make use of basic counseling skills. Emphasis on process in utilizing these skills. Activities include role playing and video presentations.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 295 Stress Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces theoretical and practical applications of the principles of stress management. Emphasizes learning to use techniques such as deep breathing, visual imagery, progressive relaxation, exercise and cognitive restructuring.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 365 Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the psychological, biological and social aspects of alcoholism and other drug addictions with an introduction to group, individual and pharmacological treatment methods. Prerequisite: PS 111 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
PS/SO 370 Social Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the way in which people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Topics covered include attitudes, conformity, interpersonal relationships, aggression, and prejudice. Prerequisite: PS 111 or SO 211.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 486 Crisis Intervention
Campus | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of crisis theory and interventions for working with clients in crisis. Crisis and conflict management theories, strategies and skills will be examined and applied to a variety of situations including those involving suicide, physical and sexual assault, natural and man-made disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school. Pre-requisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 490 Internship
Campus | 1-6 Credit
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Work experience with firm or agency directly related to the student’s major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract. Normally reserved for third and fourth year students. May be repeated with different topics. As needed.

Campus 1-6 Credit
PS 493 Research Practicum
Campus | 1-3 Credit
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Research experience where students observe on-going research activities and assist in the work. Goals for the practicum are developed between the student and faculty advisor and are outlined in an individual learning contract. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours.

Campus 1-3 Credit

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

The psychology minor requires 21 credit hours of coursework.

Required Courses

All courses listed.

PS 111 General Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 240 Psychology of Women
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

An overview of current psychological theories and research on issues which impact women in their development throughout the life cycle. Gender roles, women and work, violence against women, psychological disorders in women, and the biological/cultural basis of sex/gender are among the topics explored.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 320 Learning
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Considers the processes of learning and memory based on contemporary research and theory. Focuses on how learning processes work in animals and humans, as well as the practical aspects of the psychology of learning. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 360 Abnormal Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 440 Personality
Campus | 3 Credits
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Extensive coverage of the basic concepts and methods, major theories and results of research in the field of personality. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

 

Career Paths

A psychology degree from SMWC prepares the graduate to combine a knowledge about how people learn, with the ability to collect, analyze and interpret data from a logical, problem-solving perspective. Because of this, the career choices for a psychology major are numerous and varied:

  • Mental health caseworker
  • Social agency caseworker
  • Consultant to other professionals
  • lawyers
  • educators
  • physicians
  • engineers
  • managers
  • policy makers

Places of employment for psychology majors may include:

  • Laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Courtrooms
  • Schools and colleges
  • Prisons
  • Corporate offices
  • Counseling centers
  • Recreational centers