Psychology

Dean Brown '10
BA in Psychology
Magna Cum Laude
President & Founder, SuperMe Performance Inc.


Prepare for a Rewarding Career Promoting Mental Health and Welfare

Overview

Study Psychology at St. Francis College



What makes you tick? How do you act in an emergency... at play... in love?

Studying Psychology at St. Francis College takes you on a deep dive inside the human mind to answer these questions and more.

Students conduct their own experiments and present their findings at the College as well as at conferences across the Step inside the human mind to learn why we act.region. You will also have the opportunity to gain real world field experience at internships or by assisting professors with their research.

You have a variety of directions to choose from, including; the psychology of relationships, how different cultures react to psychology, and even how the minds of seals and walruses tell us about ourselves.

Students who excel in their undergraduate studies can apply for the new combined Masters and Bachelors Degree in Applied Behavioral Psychology. Classes include Advanced Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Behavioral Assessment. This program prepares students for more advanced job placements upon graduation, or can provide an extra year of preparation for application to doctoral programs.

With professors who actively practice in their fields, our students learn the necessary skills to forge a successful career path in mental health, social service, experimental research, business, law, and many other areas.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Courses & Program Info

Mission

The Psychology Department is o the larger mission of St. Francis College, promoting academic excellence and fostering critical thinking and a commitment to social justice. These values are implemented with sensitivity to and appreciation of intellectual and cultural diversity. The Psychology Department is committed to furthering our understanding of the mind and behavior by the methods of science, and applying the science of psychology to promote human welfare. The Department offers programs combining methodological and theoretical courses with fieldwork that focuses on the development of applied skills. Students learn about the foundations of psychology through a wide array of courses and activities, train for work in applied fields and prepare for advanced study. Alongside the study of the science of psychology, the psychology major offers the general benefits of a liberal arts education, emphasizing the preparation for lifelong learning, critical thinking and responsible action.

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Faculty

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Jason Alicea

Jason Alicea

Adjunct Professor
Psychology
Steven Anolik

Steven Anolik

Professor
Psychology
Kristy Biolsi

Kristy Biolsi

Chair
Psychology
Sharon Bourgeois

Sharon Bourgeois

Adjunct Professor
Psychology
Marisa Cohen

Marisa Cohen

Associate Professor
Psychology
Danielle Difilippo

Danielle Difilippo

Adjunct Professor
Psychology
Uwe Gielen

Uwe Gielen

Director, Institute for International & Cross Cultural Psychology, Professor Emeritus
Psychology, Honors
Renée Goodstein

Renée Goodstein

Professor
Psychology
Michele Hirsch

Michele Hirsch

Interim Chair, Faculty Director of General Education, Professor
Psychology
Ruslan Ivanov

Ruslan Ivanov

Adjunct Professor
Psychology

Goals & Objections

● Train students for life-long learning, thinking, and action by providing an education which teaches psychology’s knowledge base, scientific methodology, interpersonal skills, and ethics.

● Prepare majors who will enter careers in human services, business, education and other applied fields to be competent, caring professionals.

● Prepare students who will continue their education in advanced study to be culturally sensitive, well-prepared and creative graduate students.

● Provide students with coursework and extracurricular activities that enhance their knowledge and appreciation of psychology.

● Encourage faculty to support and carry out departmental goals in an atmosphere of mutual respect and friendship among colleagues and students.

Program Requirements

Policy on D Grades within the Major

The Chairperson reserves the right to waive one D in a required major course, with the exception of the following courses: PSY 1101, PSY 3300, PSY 4998 and PSY 4999. Psychology majors must earn a minimum grade of C in each of these courses. Please see the Chairperson for any questions or clarification.

Policy on transfer courses within the Major

Transfer equivalencies as evaluated by the St. Francis College are accepted, with the exception of the following courses: PSY 1101, PSY 3300, PSY 4998 and PSY 4999. There is no transfer course equivalency for 3000 and 4000-level courses from two-year institutions. Please see the Chairperson for any questions or clarification.

Major in Psychology

A major in Psychology, when combined with a broad program of other courses, prepares the student for future careers in mental health and social service, experimental research, business, and law. The program provides a solid foundation for future graduate studies in areas such as clinical, forensic, developmental, school, counseling, and experimental and industrial-organizational psy­chology. There are opportunities for supervised field placement and independent research.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the major in psychology, students will be able to

  • Describe key concept, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
  • Engage in innovative thinking and problem solving
  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate science and practice
  • Exhibit effective writing and presentation skills for different purposes
  • Demonstrate a professional direction for life after graduation
Courses / Credits
Prerequisite(s)
Co-Requisite(s)
Core Curriculum 42
Select SIX CREDITS of natural science to satisfy the Natural Science/Mathematics core requirement, including:
BIO 1101
Any other BIO, CHE, PHY, SCI course
Select TWO foreign language courses in sequence 6
MAT 1104 or higher 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychological Research 1 4 PSY 1100
PSY 1103 Developmental Psychology I: Childhood and Adolescence
PSY 2205 Psychology of Learning 3 PSY 1101
PSY 3300 Statistical Methods in Psychology1 4 MAT 1104 or higherPSY 1101
PSY 3360 Psychobiology 3 PSY 1101 and two higher PSY courses
PSY 3380 Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Psychology 3 For ICS majors: ICS 1241; For PSY majors: PSY 1101, PSY 1103, and one 2000-level or higher PSY course.
PSY 4411 History and Systems of Psychology 3 PSY 1101Two higher PSY electives
PSY 4420 Applied Psychology 4 Psychology major; PSY 1101 and two higher PSY coursesJunior or senior standing
PSY 4000-4199 Seminar in Psychology 3 PSY 1101 and two 3000 and/or 4000 level PSY courses
PSY 4998 Experimental Psychology I1 4 PSY 3300
PSY 4999 Experimental Psychology II1 4 PSY 4998
Select THREE of the following courses 9
(ONE at 3000-level, ONE at 4000-evel, and ONE other from this list)
PSY 3307 Theories of Personality PSY 1101 and two higher PSY courses
PSY 3312 Social Psychology PSY 1101 and two higher PSY courses
PSY 3320 Cognitive Psychology PSY 1101 and two higher PSY courses
PSY 4000-4199 Seminar in Psychology Three 3000/4000 level PSY courses
PSY 4409 Abnormal Psychology PSY 1101PSY 1103 and one 2000-lever or higher PSY course
PSY 4461 Sensation and Perception PSY 1100PSY 1101PSY 3360
Any FIT course or HS 1001 2
SFC 1001 Freshman Seminar 1
Free electives 27
Total credits required 128
The successful completion of PSY 4998 and PSY 4999 satisfies the College’s Comprehensive Examination/Thesis requirement.1 Transfer credit will not be accepted for these courses.

Minor in Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Psychology

Courses / Credits
Prerequisite(s)
Co-Requisite(s)
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
Select ONE of the following courses 3
ICS 1240 Peoples and Culture of Life Contemporary World I
ICS 1241 Peoples and Cultures of the Contemporary World II
ICS 3370/SOC 2040 Cultural Anthropology
ICS 1240 or ICS 1241
SOC 2070 Sociology of Minority Groups
SOC 1000
PSY 3380/ICS 3380 Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Psychology 3 ICS 1241 or PSY 1103 or higher
Select ONE of the following courses 3
PSY 3370/SOC 3370 Gender roles in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
PSY 1101, SOC 1000 and one higher PSY elective
PSY 5470 Seminar: Children & Adolescents in Cross-Cultural Per
Open to HON students
Select ONE of the following courses 3
PSY 3301 Qualitative Research in Psychology
PSY 1101 and PSY 3300
Select ONE of the following courses 3
PSY 4990 Field Experience in Psychology*
PSY 4420
PSY 4995 Independent Research in Psychology*
PSY 4999 and Approval by Department
Total credits required 18

*Should be focused on topics of cross-cultural psychology or international organization

Minor in Psychology

Courses / Credits
Prerequisite(s)
Co-Requisite(s)
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychological Research 4 PSY 1100
PSY 1103 Developmental Psychology I: Childhood and Adolescence 3
PSY 4411 History and Systems of Psychology 3 PSY 1101Two PSY electives
Select TWO of the following courses 6
PSY 3307 Theories of Personality PSY 1101 and two higher PSY courses
PSY 3312 Social Psychology PSY 1101 and two higher PSY courses
PSY 3320 Cognitive Psychology PSY 1101 and two higher PSY courses
PSY 4409 Abnormal Psychology PSY 1101PSY 1103 and one 2000-leve or higher PSY course
Total credits required 19

News & Events

News

U.S. News & World Report Names SFC to 5 'Best' Lists

While students are still getting used to their new schedule, they received some reaffirming news about the decision they made to attend St. Francis College, as U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Francis on 5 Best lists for the 2018 year including Best Regional Colleges in the North, Least Debt, and Best in Ethnic Diversity

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SFC Again Named Best Bang for the Buck

With a new president ready to begin the school year, St. Francis College heads into the Labor Day weekend with an honor from Washington Monthly magazine, named for a second year in a row as a Best Bang for the Buck among colleges in the northeast.

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Two-Year Psychology Masters Degree Now Offered

Following up on the success of the 5 year Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Applied Behavioral Psychology, St. Francis College is now accepting students into a stand-alone two year graduate program for a Master's Degree in General Psychology.

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10th Year Forbes Selects SFC for America's Top Colleges List

Every year Forbes offers prospective college students and their parents a way to find the best colleges for their money, and every year St. Francis College is offered as one of the choices. With the release of the 2017 rankings, St. Francis has now been ranked one of America's Top Colleges all 10 years that Forbes has published the list.

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Institutes & Centers

St. Francis College hosts three cutting edge centers devoted to fields of Psychology:

All students are encouraged to get involved with the centers, helping to research and present at conferences.

Goals & Objectives

  • Train students for lifelong learning, thinking and action by providing an education which teaches psychology’s knowledge base, scientific methodology, interpersonal skills and ethics
  • Prepare majors who will enter careers in human services, business, education and other applied fields to be competent, and caring professionals.
  • Prepare students who will continue their education in advanced study to be culturally sensitive, well-prepared and creative graduate students
  • Provide students with coursework and extracurricular activities that enhance their knowledge and appreciation of psychology
  • Encourage faculty to support and carry out departmental goals in an atmosphere

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue