2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Psychology - Bachelor of Arts (30 credits)

(30 credits plus 13 credits of experiential learning)

The psychology major provides a rigorous, exciting and complex exploration of the science of behavior and mental processes. The scientific study of psychology covers many topics including individual development, cognition and memory, personality, abnormal behavior, and group, social and cultural processes as well as techniques for working with people. Students benefit from an understanding of the methodology of psychology via laboratory and other courses and also from experiential learning in internships. These internships provide students with knowledge and skills about how psychology is applied in therapeutic and research settings. Students in Lesley’s psychology major will be prepared for graduate study in psychology or for a career in the many diverse applied areas of the field.

To successfully meet the requirements of the Psychology major, students will:

• demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.

• understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.

• respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

• understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.

• be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Degree Requirements

I. Required Courses (21 Credits):

CPSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology


CPSYC 1401Lifespan Development


CPSYC 2403Theories of Personality


CPSYC 3405Abnormal Psychology


CPSYC 3441Elements of Statistics in Psychology


CSOCS 3444Research Methods in the Social Sciences


CPSYC 4907Psychology Capstone


There is a minimum grade requirement of "C" in both CSOCS 3444 and CPSYC 4907 to complete the major.

Recommended Liberal Arts Foundation Math choice course,  CMATH 1522 Introduction to Statistics, should be taken prior to CSOCS 3444 Research Methods in the Social Sciences.

II. Lab Courses (3 Credits):

Choose ONE.

CPSYC 2431Social Psychology


CPSYC 2433Cognitive Psychology


CPSYC 2435Psychology of Learning and Behavior Change


III. Additional CPSYC Courses (6 Credits):

Take TWO additional CPSYC courses.

IV. Experiential Learning (13 Credits):

CPSYC 1551Foundations and Systems in the Helping Professions


CPSYC 2551Concepts & Skills in Professional Practice


CPSYC 3901Psychology Internship and Seminar I


All of the above courses have a minimum grade requirement of "C" to complete the major.