By the Numbers
Psychology explores phenomenon from multiple perspectives and is an ideal starting point for many careers. Our students go on to graduate level work in psychology and pursue careers in a wide range of fields including school psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and many mental health fields. This degree also prepares you for success in fields such as law, education and business, which require strong critical-thinking skills and a solid understanding of interpersonal relationships. In this program, you’ll work with experienced faculty members who research intriguing topics, such as how we read stories, workplace relationships, aggressive behaviors, and mindfulness.
Your studies will be augmented by lab courses that involve designing psychological studies and collecting data. You can participate in supervised fieldwork in the applied clinical science concentration, which prepares you for careers in counseling. Or, you can choose the industrial-organizational psychology track, which focuses on relationships in work environments. You’ll graduate well prepared to enter the workforce or to pursue an advanced degree.
Quinnipiac provides real-world experience based on your interests. In addition to participating in summer research projects at institutions across the country, our students have interned at a battered women’s center, psychiatric in-patient clinics and national corporations.
Student Spotlight: Nicole Antaya ’19
Worth the wait
Nicole Antaya ’19 smiles with the full joy of a second chance and declares victory for the day. She’s grateful for another tomorrow, the gift of a double-lung transplant.
Antaya, a psychology major, is scheduled to graduate in May after spending the last six years working on her bachelor’s degree while fighting cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder marked by chronic lung infections that sharply reduce a person’s ability to breathe.
Antaya’s thesis, “Developing Post-Traumatic Growth Through Trauma,” included 40 pages of research, analysis and conclusions. She said the experience, combined with her education, has inspired her to become a licensed clinical social worker someday.Read the full story
Student Spotlight: Morgan Kozyra ’18, MAT ’19
Compassion in action
Morgan Kozyra `18, MAT `19, understands that for children to excel in both the classroom and in life, modern academic curriculums must be founded on social and emotional learning (SEL).
“Students need to understand how to manage their emotions, accept who they are and build strong relationships with each other,” Kozyra said.
By blending her undergraduate psychology background with MAT coursework and applied research experience, Kozyra was able to create her own techniques for developing SEL in the classroom. One of these included a “compassion bucket,” filled each time a student does something compassionate and selfless. Once the bucket is full, the entire class earns a prize. Kozyra was able to successfully use the compassion bucket in an elementary school in Connecticut.
“I now see what I want in my future classrooms — what works and what doesn’t work with students,” Kozyra said.
Taylor Chelo ’17, MAT ’18, Kozyra’s former peer catalyst, was so impressed by Kozyra’s work that she made it the focus of a presentation she delivered at the Vancouver International Conference for the Teaching of Psychology.
“Morgan is truly a paragon of compassion for her young students and ourselves to emulate,” Chelo said.
“Morgan cares deeply about the well-being of her students and is willing to work exceptionally hard to be of service to them,” said Thomas Pruzinsky, professor of psychology.
All it took was one developmental psychology course, and Adam Hoffman `12 knew he’d found his career.
“I was fascinated by how humans come to understand themselves and make sense of their social world,” Hoffman said. “I knew I wanted to learn more about the processes and mechanisms behind human thought and behavior.”
After graduating from Quinnipiac, Hoffman earned his PhD in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is currently a research fellow in the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University.
Hoffman’s work focuses on the development of ethnic, racial and gender identities in adolescents, and how they can be shaped to improve academic motivation and achievement and mental health.
“The ideas I developed at Quinnipiac provided the foundation for what I would study as a graduate student and even today as a psychologist,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman has returned to Quinnipiac to share his research with faculty and students at the psychology department’s annual spring speaker event. He also has offered advice and encouragement at alumni panels to undergraduate students who are developing their own research ideas.
“It is so rewarding and meaningful to come back to my intellectual ‘home’ and share the research that I have completed since my time at Quinnipiac,” Hoffman said.
Faculty dedicated to student success
Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in Psychology Curriculum
In addition to the lab-based science required by the University Curriculum, psychology majors are required to complete one additional lab-based science course outside of psychology, one additional social science outside of psychology, one course that explores issues of multiculturalism and/or diversity, and a foreign language up to the 102-level. NOTE: The department strongly encourages psychology majors to take courses in biology.
Students majoring in psychology must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|University Curriculum 1||46|
|College of Arts and Sciences Requirements 2||3|
|Psychological Science Core|
|PS 101||Introduction to Psychology 3||3|
|PS 206||Introduction to Statistics in Psychology 3||3|
|PS 307||Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology with Lab 3||4|
|PS 308||Advanced Research Methods in Psychology with Lab 3||4|
|PS 401||Integrative Capstone for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors 4||3|
|Biological Perspective (select one) 5||3|
|Cognitive Perspective (select one) 5||3|
|Developmental Perspective (select one) 5||3|
|Child and Adolescent Development|
|Social Perspective (select one) 5||3|
|Scientist-Practitioner Perspective (select one)||3|
|Select one psychology course at the 200-level or higher||3|
|Select one psychology course at the 300-level||3|
|Additional Degree Requirements|
|Select one additional Natural Science course with a Lab||4|
|Select one Diversity/Multicultural course||3|
|Select one Social Science course outside of Psychology||3|
All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.
Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.
Students must earn a grade of C- or higher before moving on to the next course.
Senior standing required. Must be taken as a seminar during the regular academic year.
Additional courses may be designated to fulfill this requirement.
Psychology majors also have the opportunity to engage in supervised fieldwork and intensive study within one of three concentrations.
Applied Clinical Science Concentration
Students may apply to enroll in the applied clinical science concentration within the psychology major. The program prepares students for careers related to clinical psychology and provides the basis for graduate work in fields such as social work, counseling and school psychology. A minimum 3.0 overall GPA is required to participate in the ACS concentration fieldwork courses. Space is limited in the fieldwork courses and, therefore, in some years enrollment in the concentration may be awarded on a competitive basis.
ACS students must take:
|PS 272||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PS 371||Clinical Psychology||3|
|PS 391||Applied Clinical Science Seminar (SL: Service Learning)||3|
|PS 393||Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL: Service Learning)||3|
|PS 394||Fieldwork in Applied Clinical Science (SL: Service Learning)||3|
The ACS program emphasizes:
- Mental health fields as possible careers.
- Conceptions of mental illness and the history of therapeutic methods.
- Counseling and other treatment techniques.
Applied Cognitive Psychology Concentration
The Applied Cognitive Psychology Concentration focuses on providing students with the opportunity to gain job-relevant skills while exploring cognition.Students are exposed to major theories and methods in Cognitive Psychology, along with applications of Cognitive Psychology to the workplace (e.g., Design Thinking, Task Analysis, Survey Design) and careers that use insights and methods from Cognitive Psychology (e.g., Behavioral Engineering). Because Cognitive Psychology draws on a range of disciplines, students will also have the opportunity to explore Cognition from a different field.
Applied Clinical Psychology students must take:
|PS 233||Cognitive Psychology||3|
|PS 333||Applied Cognition||3|
Elective from a related discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Philosophy, Industrial or Software Engineering) to be decided upon by student in consultation with a faculty member in the Cognitive Perspective.
Skill-building through internship, independent research, or relevant training (e.g. certification of technical skill) to be decided upon by student in consultation with a faculty member in the Cognitive Perspective.
The Applied Cognitive Psychology program emphasizes:
1. Applying theories and methods from cognitive psychology to real-world contexts
2. Exploring and experiencing multidisciplinary careers in cognitive psychology
3. Building marketable skills that are relevant for a range of careers (e.g., public speaking, collaboration), as well as specific skills that are relevant for jobs in cognitive psychology (e.g., task analysis, survey design)
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration
Students may elect to enroll in the industrial/organizational psychology program within the psychology major. The program exposes students to career possibilities in I-O psychology areas and provides the basis for further study related to fields such as I-O psychology and management. I-O psychology students must take:
|PS 265||Industrial-Organizational Psychology||3|
|PS 397||Fieldwork in Industrial/Organizational Psychology||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Advanced Personnel Psychology|
|Advanced Organizational Psychology|
|Occupational Health Psychology|
The I-O psychology program emphasizes:
- The traditional research and practice of industrial-organizational psychology.
- Using psychological principles to study and improve working conditions.
- Mindfulness of the changing nature of work and the ability of the field to make innovations to match such changes.
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum
The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.
In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.
For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.
For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.)
A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.
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