Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology


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Faculty

Chair: Associate Professor David Boynton
Professors: Sarah Hastings
Associate Professors: Renee Carrico, Anthony Richardson, Melissa VanderKaay Tomasulo
Assistant Professor: Sarah Nosek
Instructor: Melissa McDuffie

The mission of the Psychology Department is to promote curiosity and passion for the theory and practice of scientific psychology. Majors will become adept at using the methods necessary to design, conduct, and communicate high quality research in psychological science and in the interpersonal skills required for working in mental health fields and other professions. Therefore, upon graduation, majors will be prepared for graduate study in psychology or related fields of study.  In addition,  psychology majors will develop the technological, information literacy, critical thinking, collaborative, and ethical abilities that are essential for a lifetime of socially and morally responsible citizenship. The study of psychology is an excellent preparation for  careers that require 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:

Psychology majors graduate with an ability to write effectively and persuasively in the discourse of the discipline. 

Psychology majors graduate with an ability to speak effectively and persuasively in the discourse of the discipline. 

Psychology majors graduate with an ability to be insightful and reflective about their own others’ behavior and mental processes.

Psychology majors graduate with the interpersonal skills necessary to work one on one and in collaboration with others toward a common goal.

Psychology majors graduate with the knowledge and skills to conduct a literature review, design a study, collect and analyze data, and communicate the results in written and oral form. 

Psychology majors graduate with a firm scientific foundation in the theory and practice of psychology. 

Psychology majors graduate with historically-grounded knowledge of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective breadth of psychology. 

Psychology majors graduate with an appreciation for an amiably skeptical approach to problem solving, and the technological skills, information literacy skills, and critical thinking skills to be adept consumers of research.

Psychology majors graduate with an appreciation for using scientific thinking and the disciplined analysis of information to evaluate alternative courses of action.

Psychology majors graduate with a knowledge of ethics, and an ability to solve problems and act in an ethically and socially responsible manner. 

Psychology majors graduate with an ability to recognize, understand, and foster respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Psychology majors graduate with an understanding of how they may apply their knowledge of psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues in work, relationships, and the broader community.

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