Chair: Associate Professor David Boynton
Professors: Ronald Miller
Associate Professors: Renee Carrico, Ari Kirshenbaum, Molly Millwood, Anthony Richardson, Melissa VanderKaay Tomasulo
Instructor: Melissa McDuffie
Psychology is concerned with the scientific discovery of principles underlying human thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Majors will become adept at formulating meaningful questions about behavior and devising valid strategies for answering those questions thorough development of critical and analytical tools. The psychology curriculum pursues these goals through the discipline’s empirical and applied aspects in the hope of producing well rounded, resourceful, and well-informed graduates. Majors will be thoroughly prepared to enter any of the field’s graduate schools or its related fields. Students also will find psychology an excellent preparation for pursuing a wide variety of careers open to liberal arts graduates requiring a basic understanding of human behavior.
Graduating from Saint Michael’s with a degree in psychology requires taking a minimum of eleven courses and obtaining at least an overall 2.0 GPA in the major.
Psychology Learning Outcomes:
Students should be aware of enduring and contemporary issues in psychology.
Students should be able to integrate the natural science, social science and humanities aspects of psychology and be able to place psychology in the context of their larger, liberal studies curriculum.
Students should be familiar with research design, methodology, statistics, and psychometrics.
Students should be able to think critically about psychological issues.
Students should be able to speak and write effectively in the discourse of the discipline.
Students should be familiar with ethical considerations in research and in the practice of psychology.
Interested students should have opportunities to experience the practice of psychology, either in research or services forms.
Students should be prepared to pursue a variety of post-baccalaureate alternatives in psychology, including employment, graduate or professional school.