Psychology Major

Psychology is an exciting discipline that studies human behavior from a variety of perspectives, from the biological bases of behavior to the sociocultural influences on behavior.

Depending on the student's interests, the psychology major can be enriched with courses in the natural sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities. Some of our students have pursued double majors and minors in subjects as varied as English, communications, sociology, social work, biology, and nursing. Others have majored in psychology while completing the requirements to teach at the elementary school level.

Recently, our students have completed internships in schools and psychiatric facilities. Upon graduation, many have entered graduate school or worked in a variety of mental health facilities, while some have launched careers in education, research, and business. All leave Regis with the ability to conduct research and critically analyze information, to think creatively, to present their ideas persuasively in both written and oral formats, and to work collaboratively with others.

Would you like to learn more about human behavior in all its richness and complexity? To take challenging courses with supportive faculty? To pursue a major that is related to the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities? If so, then psychology may be the major for you.

Prerequisites

  • PS 203 Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 204 Introduction to Psychology II/Lab

Requirements

  • PS 301 Reading Seminar: History and Systems of Psychology
  • PS 303 Research Methods in Psychology I/Lab
  • PS 304 Research Methods in Psychology II/Lab
  • PS 321 Cognitive Process
  • PS 402 Coordinating Seminar: Problems in Psychology
  • Three additional courses at the 300 level
  • MA 211 Statistical Methods
  • MA 212 Statistical Methods

Psychology Major Curriculum: Four Years

The following is a sample four-year curriculum schedule for the psychology major.

First Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
PS 203 Introduction to Psychology 3 PS 204A Introduction to Psychology II/Lab 3
MA 211 Statistical Methods 3 MA 212 Statistical Methods 3
First Year Seminar 3 First Year Seminar 3
EN 105 Writing Seminar 3 Core requirement 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

Second Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
PS 303 Research Methods in Psychology I/Lab 3 PS 304 Research Methods in
Psychology II/Lab
3
Major or other elective 3 Major or other elective 3
MA 211 Statistical Methods (if not taken in 1st year) 3 MA 212 Statistical Methods (if not taken in 1st year) 3
Core requirement 3 Core requirement 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

Third Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
Elective 3 PS 301 Reading Seminar: History and Systems of Psychology 3
PS 321 Cognitive Process* 3 Core requirement 3
Elective 3 Major or other elective 3
Major or other elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3    

Fourth Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
PS 402 Coordinating Seminar: Problems in Psychology 3 Major elective 3
Elective 3 Major or other elective 3
Major or other elective 3 Major or other elective 3
Elective 4 Elective 4
    Elective 3

* Unless PS 321 Cognitive Process is offered during a different semester, in which case PS 321 would switch with an elective offered that semester in the major.


Psychology Major Curriculum: Three Years

If you are a very well qualified student and want to start your career more quickly, or want to save precious tuition dollars, then you may want to consider a three-year major. Many majors at Regis College are designed to meet these needs while providing you with flexible scheduling options so that you may fully enjoy your college experience.

While pursuing a three-year degree, you will have the option to participate in the Honors Program, learn in hybrid-online courses, have "real-world" experiences in academic internships, and enjoy a host of extra-curricular options at Regis College.

Eligibility

The Degree in 3 is a challenging program for strong students. Admitted candidates typically have a recalculated high school GPA of at least 3.4 and a combined score of at least 1100 on the Math and Critical Reading sections of the SAT. The SAT Writing section may also be reviewed.

Promising students not meeting these criteria are still encouraged to apply and will be given careful consideration on an individual basis. Once admitted to the program, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The following is a sample three-year curriculum schedule for the psychology major.

First Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
PS 203 Introduction to Psychology 3 PS 204A Introduction to Psychology II/Lab 3
MA 211 Statistical Methods 3 MA 212 Statistical Methods 3
EN 105 Writing Seminar 3 Psychology elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
First Year Seminar 3 First Year Seminar 3

Second Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
PS 303 Research Methods in Psychology I/Lab 3 PS 304 Research Methods in Psychology II/Lab 3
PS 321 Cognitive Process (if offered) or Major or Other Elective 3 PS 301 Reading Seminar: History and Systems of Psychology 3
Core requirement 3 Major or other elective 3
Core requirement 3 Core requirement 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

Third Year

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
PS 402 Coordinating Seminar: Problems in Psychology 3 Major or other elective 3
Psychology elective or PS 321 Cognitive Process (if not taken in 2nd year) 3 Major or other elective 3
Core requirement 3 Core requirement 3
Major or other elective 3 Elective or core requirement 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

Note: Additional credits for graduation may be obtained with AP credits, summer school credits, or (depending on the individual situation) a sixth course during the semester.

Courses required for students concentrating in the psychology program admit some flexibility in accordance with the student's post-graduate plans.


Psychology Minor

The psychology minor at Regis College features challenging courses and activities that prepare students for graduate school or for careers in areas such as research, teaching, human services, computer-related industries, and human resources.

The study of psychology connects with and can enrich many majors. Some students have pursued psychology as a minor while majoring in subjects as varied as English, communications, sociology, social work, biology, and nursing.

Requirements

A total of six courses including

  • Any two of the following three courses
       • PS 203 Introduction to Psychology
       • PS 204 Introduction to Psychology II
       • PS 233 Introduction to Human Development
  • Any four 300-level courses
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