Social Sciences

Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Overview

The Psychology program is designed to serve a number of purposes: to satisfy intellectual curiosity; to offer insights into human behavior, personal and social; to offer another dimension to the studies of those involved in education and nursing, in particular, and all disciplines in general; to prepare those choosing a major in psychology for graduate school and careers in the helping professions.

Psychology at the Mount

The required courses in the Psychology major are designed to provide students both with a background in scientific psychology and opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in a community context via an internship experience. Students may also elect to complete independent studies in which the student contracts with a faculty member on a project of interest to the student.

Upon the completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Identify the major schools of psychology.
  • Identify the multiple factors which influence social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of the individual.
  • Recognize the importance of the family and environment on the developing person and the complex interrelationship of these factors.
  • Understand the methods of current psychological research and the benefits and disadvantages of each of these methods.
  • Demonstrate an ability to locate, analyze, synthesize and summarize psychological journal articles and literature.
  • Apply knowledge, skills and values of psychology in a community setting.
  • Integrate the biological perspective with the cognitive, social and emotional perspectives in psychology.

Brainwaves Psychology Journal

Brainwaves is a peer-reviewed psychology journal accepting submissions from Mount Saint Mary College seniors. This journal publishes research proposals based on a contemporary issue in psychology. For more information or to read past issues, visit brainwaves.msmc.edu

Program requirements 

General Psychology (PSY 1010) is a required course for all other upper division psychology courses. A minimum GPA of 2.0 (‘C’ average) in the major is required for graduation from the program.

Where Mount students have interned

Mount psychology students have had internship experiences at a wide variety of public and private institutions, including a number of different childcare facilities, public schools, mental health facilities, penitentiaries, and other community and state agencies.

Specific examples of where Mount students have interned in recent years:
Anderson School, Arlington Central School District, Beacon Community Center, Bethel Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, City of Newburgh Police Dept,  Dutchess County Jail, Four Winds,  FSI Teen Parent Program, Glen Hines Memorial Boys & Girls Club, Good Counsel, Head Start of Eastern Orange County, Hoops Express, Integrated Pediatric Therapies, John Jay High School, Kiddie Academy Child Care, Kids Peace Foster Care and Family Services, Learning Center, Mental Health Assn. in Fulton & Montgomery Counties, Middletown Schools, New York Police Department, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Newburgh Family YMCA, Newburgh Healthy Families, NY Youth Advocate Program, NYS Dept of Mental Health, OC/AHRC New Windsor & Newburgh, PS 156. PS 203K Brooklyn, Putnam County Youth Bureau, Rehabilitation Support Services, Neighborhood Day Care Services, The Center for Recovery, The Center for the Prevention, The Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, The Johnes Home, The Learning Experience, Unity House-Domestic Violence Program, USMA Child Development Center, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, YAP Youth Advocate Program

Career Options

Students with a baccalaureate degree in Psychology have a firm foundation for entry-level careers in social service agencies, consumer advocacy, business (such as personnel work and organization development) and community improvement groups. In addition, the psychology degree constitutes strong preparation for graduate studies.

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