2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology BS

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College of Arts and Sciences
Department Chair Alicia Nordstrom, PhD


Kelly B. Filipkowski, Associate Professor of Psychology, BA State University of New York at Oswego; MS Florida State University; MS, PhD Syracuse University

Marnie Hiester, Professor of Psychology, BA Drew University; PhD University of Minnesota

George Hunter, Associate Professor of Psychology, BA Siena College; MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MA, PhD Princeton University

Alicia Nordstrom, Professor of Psychology, BA University of Rochester; MS Purdue University; PhD Pennsylvania State University

Sylvia Wang, Assistant Professor of Psychology, BA Temple University, MA University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, PhD University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa

Jennifer M. Whitehouse-Yarnell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, BA Immaculata University; MA Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University; PhD Drexel University


The study of psychology enhances one’s knowledge and understanding of human behavior, mental processes, and social interaction. As our society becomes increasingly diverse and our economy more global, this knowledge and understanding will be necessary for success in the rapidly changing workplace. Therefore, the psychology major is relevant to any occupation that involves interaction with others. It prepares students who wish to obtain baccalaureate-level positions, as well as those who wish to pursue graduate study in psychology or related fields.

The field of psychology is exceedingly diverse and career options within the field are numerous. Therefore, the psychology major was designed with two goals in mind. First, in order to ensure a solid background in the methods, theories, and content of the discipline of psychology, all majors must take a required core of psychology courses. Second, great flexibility is built into our curriculum to allow students to tailor a program of study that best meets their individual interests and career goals.

Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives of the psychology major at Misericordia are based on those specified by the American Psychological Association for undergraduate psychology programs.

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of psychological concepts and frameworks and their application.
  2. Students will develop skills in scientific reasoning and problem solving.
  3. Students will develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors in research and applied settings.
  4. Students will demonstrate skills in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Students will will develop professional direction for life after graduation.

Admissions Requirements:

Incoming students seeking admission as psychology majors must meet the university’s general admissions requirements as stated in this catalog.


In addition to the core curriculum, which includes Introduction to Psychology, students are required to complete at least 43 credits in psychology, three credits in Mathematics (MTH 115 Basic Statistics  ) and three credits in Sociology (SOC 221 Cultural Minorities ). The 43 credits in psychology must include the following courses:

To complete their degree students must take a minimum of 25 free elective credits, which allows them to complete courses, minors, and/or certificate programs that are consistent with their interests and career goals.

Note: PSY 101  and/or PSY 200  may be waived for transfer students at the discretion of the Department Chair.

Students must achieve grades of “C-” or above in all courses required for the psychology major, including MTH 115 and SOC 221. If a student earns a “D” or “F” in any required psychology course he/she must repeat that course and earn a “C-” or above.

The psychology department also offers a mental health interventions specialization  (21 credits) for students interested in pursuing mental health careers. Students can choose either a child or adult track, depending on the population with which they are interested in working. Please contact Dr. Alicia Nordstrom for further information.

Sequence of Required Courses

First Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total Credits 15

Junior Year

First Semester

Total Credits 15

Second Semester

Senior Year

First Semester

  • PSY Biological/Cognitive Elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 3 credits
Total Credits 15

Second Semester

  • Non-PSY elective 3 credits
  • Non-PSY elective 3 credits
  • Non-PSY elective 3 credits
  • Free elective 1-3 credits


* Certain Special Topics courses (PSY 381 ) may be included in the above categories if specified by the department at the time the course is offered.

* PSY 450  can count as EITHER a Developmental/Social Elective OR a Clinical/Counseling Elective, but NOT BOTH.

*Once students have taken their required Advanced Seminar (A, B, C, or D), they can take additional Advanced Seminars as electives. PSY 480A  and PSY 480C  would count as Developmental/Social electives. PSY 480B  would count as either a Developmental/Social Elective or a Clinical/Counseling elective; PSY 480D  would count as a Clinical Counseling elective.

Minimum Credits Required for Graduation is 120

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