Completing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology is the first step towards a fulfilling and purposeful career in one of the most diverse and influential disciplines in the field of medicine.
In the most basic terms, psychology is the study of human behavior and mental processes. The field of psychology is built upon scientific research designed to understand, predict, and influence human behavior. An incredibly diverse discipline, psychology includes a wide variety of subjects ranging from neuropsychology, the study of the brain, to industrial/organizational psychology, the study of the workplace.
Students completing a psychology degree may further distinguish themselves in specialization areas such as individual and family counseling, school counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, forensics and law, sports performance and motivation, educational testing and intervention, marketing, public health, and a variety of other fields.
The goal of the psychology programs at Gwynedd Mercy University is to prepare students for the challenges of graduate school and careers in psychology or related fields. As such, coursework is designed to cover a wide array of topics, including:
- social psychology
- human development
- adolescent psychology
- theories of learning
- abnormal psychology
- death and dying
- forensic psychology
- counseling techniques
- interpersonal processes
Students interested in the role of psychology across the human experience are also encouraged to take relevant courses in criminal justice, human services, and other disciplines. Research and leadership skills are further developed through training in statistics and research methods, with opportunities for students to engage in both faculty- and student-led research and to present at local, regional, and national conferences. Each student also benefits from field placements allowing them to put theory into practice, gain work experience, and network with professionals in their chosen field. Graduates in the field of psychology have distinguished themselves in many settings: school counseling, community counseling, hospital administration, law, research, and higher education.
The psychology bachelor’s degree program at Gwynedd Mercy University is divided into two degree tracks: the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Bachelor of Science in Psychology:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Students enrolled in the BA in Psychology program are required to take two semesters (6 credits) of a foreign language as part of their general education requirements.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
The BS in Psychology program covers a wide array of topics relevant to the human experience, such as human development, abnormal psychology, biopsychology, history of psychology, and theories of counseling, among others. Along with courses that prepare students for graduate school, such as statistics, research methods, and experimental psychology, students will benefit from mandatory field placement, where they gain experience and network with professionals. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program are required to complete a core of courses (9 credits) drawn from the natural and computer sciences.
Gwynedd Mercy University has set itself apart from other psychology schools in Pennsylvania with high graduation and retention rates, which led to being ranked in the first tier of its category in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “Best Colleges.”
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