Psychological Studies B.L.S.

Donald S. Leitner, Ph.D., Chair
Clare Conry-Murray, Ph.D., Program Director

Program Overview

The Department of Psychology offers a major in Psychological Studies emphasizing the manner in which psychological principles can be applied to our personal and professional lives. This curriculum has practical implications for our personal relationships, family lives, physical and mental health, success as leaders in our community and business, and our own personal growth. It can help us understand and deal with the difficult pressures we experience in contemporary life from violence, drugs, and exploitation.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1:  Knowledge Base in Psychology

Objective 1.1:  Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in Psychology as a social science.

Objective 1.2:  Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology as a natural science.

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

Objective 2.1:  Students will be able to understand and apply basic research design and data analysis strategies.

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

Objective 3.1: Students will understand ethical psychological principles and diversity, appreciate ethical behavior, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of Psychology as a discipline.

Students admitted prior to Summer 2016 entered under the curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Please see the SJU Academic Catalog for your admit year for additional information.

General Education Program Courses

(See Curricula)

Social Science
PSY 100Introductory Psychology3

GEP Integrative Learning Component

Two Courses

SOC 101Intro to Sociology3
or SOC 102 Social Problems
Any other course in the College of Arts and Sciences (cannot be a PSY course)

Major Concentration

PSY 200Personality Psychology3
or PSY 120 Lifespan Development
PSY 201Biological Bases of Behavior3
PSY 210Research Methods4
PSY 211Stats for the Social Sciences4
PSY 212Multicultural Psychology3
or PSY 126 Psychology of Culture
Electives
Select four PSY electives12

PLS students may also pursue a minor in psychology. For minor requirements, please see the undergraduate day Psychology section of the catalog and/or contact Dr. Clare Conry-Murray (cconrymu@sju.edu).