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Psychology (BA), 4-Year

Professor Todd Walter mentoring a student in the psychology program

Prepare yourself for a wide range of careers by learning about the human mind and human behavior with a BA degree in Psychology.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors in the US, and for good reason: learning about the mind and behavior while earning your BA in Psychology gives you a solid foundation on which to build a wide range of careers from counseling to education to marketing to research.

D'Youville's Psychology bachelor's degree program will prepare you to understand the various dimensions of the field of psychology through a combination of personalized instruction, hands-on-experiences, and a unique series of professional development seminars that can help you decide where you want your degree to take you after graduation.

Our program offers a unique combination of high-quality instruction from accomplished faculty, practical professional development, and extensive opportunities for real-world experience both in the US and abroad.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Small classes allow for individualized instruction directly from our accomplished faculty, not teaching assistants as is often the norm in larger colleges and universities.
  • You can attend Psychology as a Profession Seminars starting in your sophomore year. These seminars help you explore your career options by providing real-life, practical information about the various career paths you can take with your Psychology degree, and the steps you'll need to take to get there.
  • Our faculty advisors will help you tailor your curriculum to your interests by developing a personalized plan that allows you to study topics from our two dozen psychology elective offerings
  • Once you become a Senior, our extensive internship program will allow you to apply what you've learned and gain the kind of real-world experience employers look for through actual on-the-job experience as an intern.
  • D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Students can gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Psychology
Degree: B.A.

Course Requirements for the Major:

Psychology courses required by program:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 101

General Psychology

This course is an overall survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Specifically, the biopsychosocial model will be used to explore the major areas within psychology. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology majors.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOS 201

Social Science Professions I

SOC 201 Social Science Professions I (1) This first course in the two-semester Social Science Professions sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in the social sciences or related fields. Students are guided in their own professional development via self-assessments of professional interests, establishment of professional goals and how facets of the social sciences curriculum can be tailored to their individual needs. As part of the exploration, students will be acquainted with contemporary and historical issues in the social sciences professions (e.g., professional organizations, licensure requirements) and will be provided with an overview of the many sub-fields and disciplines within the social sciences. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Social Science majors.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

1.0
SOS 202

Social Science Professions II

SOS 202 Social Science Professions II (1) This second course in the two-semester Social Science Professions sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in social sciences or related fields. The emphasis of this seminar is to enable students to become more acquainted with baccalaureate-level career opportunities as well as professional career opportunities in the social sciences and related fields. Students will be guided in the process of researching and interviewing professionals within the community. Invited guest speakers from specialized careers within the social sciences and related fields will supplement lecture presentations of vocational and career opportunities. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Social Science majors. Prerequisite: SOS-201
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: SOS-201

1.0
SOS 301

Statistics in the Social Science

This course provides students with an introduction to statistical and research methods. Various types of research designs and the process of developing a research proposal will be studied along with the statistical techniques for analysis of numerical data. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Social Science majors
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOS 302

Research Methods in Social Sciences

This course is a continuation of SOS 301. Students will complete research projects from the start to finish of the research process. Additionally, students will learn how to analyze and evaluate existing research, conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews, and analyze policy and primary documents. Ethical considerations regarding conducting research and uses of research are discussed as students learn how to be effective consumers and producers of research. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Social Science majors.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: SOS-301

3.0
SOS 401

Social Sciences Internship I

The purpose of this course is to allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a field related to the social sciences (psychology, sociology, etc.) that is in keeping with their educational and/or vocational goals. Students will establish experientially-oriented learning objectives specific to their placement with their internship supervisor at the onset of the course and will participate in internship for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester (~ 15 hours per week). Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors

Prerequisites: SOS-402

4.0
SOS 402

Senior Seminar I

This course is a co-requisite with the Social Sciences Internship I or Service Learning in the Social Sciences. The purpose of this seminar is to educate students about issues pertinent to their professional development and provide a forum for students to receive guidance and feedback throughout the internship or service learning experience. As a seminar this course will include topics and assignments related to professional development such as ethical guidelines and laws related to their field and internship placements, utilizing supervision effectively, and preparations for students' post-graduation career plans. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: SOS-401 or SOS-405

2.0
SOS 403

Social Sciences Internship II

This course will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a field related to the social sciences (psychology, sociology, etc.) wherein they can build upon their learning experiences from their first semester of internship. Student learning may entail continued placement at their first semester of internship with the intent of advancing their skills and knowledge from that experience, or placement in an alternative setting that enables students to develop their knowledge, professional networking, and further evaluate their educational and career goals. Students will establish experientially-oriented learning objectives specific to their placement with their internship supervisor at the onset of the course and will participate in internship for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester (~ 15 hours per week). Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: SOS-401 of SOS-405, SOS-404

4.0
SOS 404

Senior Seminar II

This course is a co-requisite with the Social Sciences Internship II or Service Learning in the Social Sciences. The purpose of this seminar is to educate students about issues pertinent to their professional development and provide a forum for students to receive guidance and feedback throughout the internship experience. As a seminar this course will include active class discussion and students will lead presentations on topics related to their fields and professional development. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology and Sociology majors.
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: SOS-402, SOS-403 or SOS-405

2.0
Total  0

Seven additional psychology elective courses are required, with courses chosen from at least four of the following fundamental areas and including at least two courses at the 400-level.

Choose 4 courses each from two of the clusters below

Development of the Person

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 203

Lifespan Development

This course explores milestones of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on global principles that guide human growth and change across the lifespan. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 311

Child Development

This course is designed to give you an overview of the major areas of development from conception through childhood. The primary goal is to introduce the nature of child development and the scientific study of development. Physical and intellectual maturation will be discussed as well as developmental changes in personality, and social interactions. In addition, the influence of environmental context (including culture, school, family, and media) on children will be discussed. Although the course focuses primarily on "normal" development, we will also study some of the psychosocial problems common during these years. This course counts as an elective in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 312

Adolescent Development

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of adolescent development. Important changes in physical, cognitive, emotional, and social characteristics of adolescents will be examined. The influence of environmental contexts in which adolescents develop, such as family, peer groups, and school will be discussed, as well as how scientists study adolescent development and the theories they use to guide their research. Stereotypes and misconceptions associated with this stage of development will be explored. This course counts as an elective in the Development of the Person Course Cluster
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 353

Adult Development

This overview of adult development stresses a variety of topics within the aging process. Topics include theories of aging, intellectual functioning and learning, mental health of aged and organic brain dysfunction, culture and family, and the family and aging. This experimental course will include some field observations as well as lectures and discussions. This course counts as an elective in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 414

Language

Psychology of Language explores the cognitive and neural bases of human language. We use scientific methods from cognitive psychology to answer questions experimentally about psychological aspects of language from developmental to cultural differences, from its basic building blocks to its complexity. This course will cover topics including language acquisition, language comprehension, language and thought, and how we use language in conversation and communication, language development and changes across the lifespan, use of multiple languages, disorders, and overall representation of language. The overriding goal is that you understand how we acquire, comprehend, remember, and use language and why this knowledge is important in your life. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 453

Developmental Psychopathology

This course examines the development of emotional and behavioral maladjustment in children and adolescents. Emphasis will be given to theories, assessment strategies, and research methods and findings regarding the etiology and treatment efficacy for disorders including mental retardation, the pervasive developmental disorders (autism), elimination disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities, conduct disorders, and eating disorders. Psychiatric conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, sleep disorders and emerging personality disorders will also be considered from a developmental perspective. Psychosocial factors (e.g. family violence and abuse) that have been empirically identified in affecting psychological adjustment and research regarding prevention of these emotional and behavioral problems will also be addressed. Prerequisite: PSY-203 and PSY-206. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: PSY-203 and PSY-206

3.0
PHI 214

Challenges of Death

This course examines the ways that death challenges human meaning and action. Topics include the meaning of suffering and death, challenges of death to morality, psychological spiritual processes of dying and bereavement are considered.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
RS 315

Spirituality in Human Experience

This course explores the history of spirituality in human experience. Traditional and non-traditional expressions will be investigated as will varied applications in life. Offered as needed.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 419

Topics in Development

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of developmental psychology. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster
Offered in: As Needed
Prerequisites: PSY-203

3.0
Total 27

Behavioral and Mental Health

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 206

Abnormal Psychology

This course scientifically describes and discusses the forms of abnormal behavior guided by the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM). Specific focus is placed on assessment and diagnosis, etiological factors, treatment possibilities, and predictions of recovery. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 314

Health Psychology

This course is designed for students pursuing careers in psychology and the health care professions. The course will address the role that psychology, and biopsychosocial factors in particular, play in preventing and treating illness and promoting health behaviors and outcomes. Attention will be given to the theoretical perspectives and research on effective psychological strategies for promoting and maintaining health, strategies for preventing and treating illness, and managing psychological and physical well-being in the context of chronic illness. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 356

Theories of Counseling

This course explores the major theories, basic concepts and techniques of counseling. The student will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of the terminology, concepts and counseling applications of the major counseling theories, such as Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Person-centered, Gestalt, Rational Emotive, Existential and Family Therapy. This course is suggested for students in all areas in which such a need exists in their professional work. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: PSY-206, PSY-101 or PSY-203

3.0
PSY 366

Psychological Testing

This course will introduce students to the methods and common types of psychological testing occurring in education and clinical settings. Such tests include the measurement of human skills and abilities, and aspects of psychological functioning such as intellectual, personality and mental health, and vocational interests. Students will learn about psychometric principles including how to evaluate tests (i.e., reliability, validity, etc.), procedures in test development (e.g., item analysis, writing test items), effective test administration, and the application of popular tests. Students will gain some hands-on experience with common intellectual, personality, and vocational tests through demonstration and self-administration. Recommended PSY-101, PSY-203, or Statistics. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203 or Statistics

3.0
PSY 411

Clinical Interviewing

This course will introduce students to common interviewing skills and techniques associated with psychological assessment and counseling. The course will include both didactic teachings as well as role-plays and simulation experiences to enable students to practice and develop their clinical interviewing skills. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: PSY-206

3.0
PSY 456

Behavior Modifications

This course examines major theories, basic concepts and techniques of behavior modification. The student will develop an understanding of the application of operant conditioning principles, implementation of behavior modification techniques, and assessment and evaluation of program effectiveness. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: PSY-101

3.0
ESS 101

Introduction to Exercise and Sports Studies

This course introduces students to the many sub-disciplines of exercise and sports science. An interdisciplinary approach is used to explore the various biomedical and psychosocial dimensions of physical activity, sport and exercise. Students will study a range of topics including links between physical activity and disease risk, as well as the influence of exercise and conditioning on athletic performance, disease prevention, and physical fitness.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 417

Topics in Behavioral and Mental

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of behavioral and mental health. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster
Offered in: As Needed
Prerequisites: PSY-206

3.0
Total 24

Brain and Body

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 204

Physiological Psychology

This course examines the physiological basis of behavior through consideration of nervous and endocrine system structure and function followed by a detailed analysis of specific behaviors such as aggression, ingestion, sexual behaviors, sleep, and memory and learning. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 207

Cognitive Psychology

This course provides an overview of the experimental study of human cognition. Cognitive psychology is the study of how the mind acquires, represents, and manipulates knowledge. Cognitive psychologists study humans and other species while they perceive, attend, learn, remember, listen, talk, and solve problems. They use observational and experimental methods to study behavior and brain mechanisms. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to topics in this vast field and integrate research in the field to provide a better understanding of how the mind works. By the end of the semester you should know a good deal about the basic components of human cognition, and the means to study it. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 344

Animal Behavior

This course is a scientific study of animal behavior. Specifically, we will examine different types of animal behavior, including finding and ingesting food, establishing and maintaining territory, communicating and interacting, mating and parenting. Our approach will be both ecological (focusing on animals in their natural environments) and evolutionary (identifying adaptive functions of current behaviors). While we will discuss a wide variety of animals throughout the semester, we will conclude with a specific discussion of our closest relatives, monkeys and apes, and the relationships of their behavior to human evolution and behavior. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: PSY-101

3.0
PSY 357

Sensation and Perception

This course is a review of the visual system, auditory system, somatosensory system and systems for taste and smell. Students will experience the unique features of each sensory and perceptual system through demonstrations and experiments. Specifically, this course will provide you with an overview of how people make sense of sensory input - in particular, light and sound. We will compare sensation and perception across domains, including vision, audition, touch, olfaction, and taste, as well as examine some non-human sensory systems such as biosonar and electroreception. Critical to the understanding of sensation and perception is understanding the methodologies and experimental procedures used to examine the issues. This course will explore these methodologies, from traditional measures like psychophysics and signal-detection analysis to newer cognitive neuroscience approaches. We will also discuss disorders and diseases of sensation and perception. Here we will examine peripheral problems (such as damage to the eyes) from central problems (such as damage to the brain) and how these problems differ. We will also consider the myriad ways in which research on sensation and perception has applications in many fields, from medicine to civil engineering to sports. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: PSY-207

3.0
PSY 454

Drugs and Behavior

This course explores psychoactive drugs and their effects on behavior. It begins with a review of the basics of pharmacology, research design, and nervous system structure and function. Concepts of dependence, addiction, tolerance, withdrawal, sensitization, expectation, and conditioning will be included. The remainder of the course will explore what is known about the effects of different classes of drugs, including alcohol; anxiolytics and sedative-hypnotics; tobacco and nicotine; caffeine and the methylxanthines; psychomotor stimulants; opioids; antipsychotic drugs; antidepressants; cannabis; and hallucinogens, psychedelics, and club drugs. Students will gather, read, and discuss current research throughout the semester. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: PSY-204

3.0
PSY 457

Learning & Memory

This course is an exploration of questions and topics such as: How do animals (human and non-) acquire, store, and retrieve information? How is new information integrated into existing memory structures? What is forgetting, and how can memory be improved? From the relatively simple mechanisms of conditioning to higher-order cognitive constructs, the class will discuss research findings from a multidisciplinary perspective including basic and applied psychology, neuroscience, physiology and genetics. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: PSY-207

3.0
BIO 105

Human Biology

This course surveys the function of the human body systems in health and disease and includes topics of current interest, which may include diet and nutrition, treatments for infertility, infectious diseases and vaccines, and the affects of drugs on the nervous system. This course consists of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. The lab exercises are designed to complement the lecture topics, and concurrent registration in both lecture and three-hour laboratory are required. This course is not eligible for elective credit in the major but is a required course in the psychology major.

Prerequisites: BIO-105L

4.0
BIO 105L

Human Biology Lab

The lab exercises are designed to complement the lecture topics, and three-hour laboratory are required.

Prerequisites: BIO-105

0.0
BIO 117

Drugs and Disease

What exactly is a heart attack? Why does aspirin health prevent strokes? Why are anti-depressants associated with suicide? This basic course will answer these questions while providing an overview of common disease states and the drugs used to treat them. Disease states of the major organ systems will be covered as well as the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. Prerequisite: None: however, basic knowledge in biology is recommended; not eligible for elective credit in the major.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 418

Topics in Brain and Body

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of physiological and cognitive psychology. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster
Offered in: As Needed
Prerequisites: PSY-204 or PSY-207

3.0
Total 28

Personality

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 208

Personality

This course examines multiple perspectives on the construct of personality. It aims to provide the student with a thorough background in the major theories as well as an ability to integrate and apply the concepts in these theories. To accomplish this, students will engage in case studies as they master the theories within each major perspective. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 315

Intelligence

This course will introduce students to theories and approaches to understand intelligence and what that tells us about achievement. Topics will include the development of intelligence, theories of intelligence, environmental effects on intelligence, the cognitive processes that regulate intelligence, the social and functional impacts of intelligence, and the neural basis for variations in intelligence. Individual differences in intelligence and its impact on achievement will be discussed. Additionally, this course will cover several of the controversies and debates that speak to what constitutes intelligence and ethical concerns of historical intelligence testing. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 319

Self and Identity

This course is an investigation into how we should conceive of ourselves as persons. Our sense of who we are permeates every aspect of our life. This course explores how we develop a sense of self; how we navigate multiple identities, some of which may be conflicting or socially devalued; and how these identities affect-both consciously and unconsciously-our thoughts, motives, feelings, and behavior. Students engage with classical theories and contemporary research to gain insight into psychological perspectives on self and identity. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 367

Psychology of Consciousness

This course examines consciousness "last great mystery of science". Excluded from scientific research for most of the last century, consciousness is now a rapidly expanding area of study in both psychology and neuroscience. This course will discuss all the major theories of consciousness, from those rooted in traditional western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience, quantum theory, and Eastern philosophy. Students will engage in readings, self-assessments, and practical exercises that will allow students to examine their understanding of their own consciousness. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 455

Multicultural Psychology

This course is an introduction to multicultural psychology and is geared to help students recognize the similarities and differences in behavior, cognition and well-being among people of varying cultural groups (e.g., based on nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation, etc.). Students will explore their own culture in conjunction with others to enhance their multicultural competence (i.e., knowledge, awareness, and skills) and prepare them personally and professionally for the socially diverse world they live in. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: PSY-208

3.0
PSY 458

Psychology of Gender

This course is a review of the scientific literature on gender differences and similarities throughout development. Attention to how gender is associated with behaviors, intellectual ability, and health will be discussed. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: PSY-208

3.0
PHI 101

Philosophy & the Human Condition

This course explores divisions of philosophy and the perspectives of major philosophers and movements. Emphasis is placed upon central philosophical problems such as the relationship between mind and body, the possibility of human freedom, the existence of God, and the scope and limits of human understanding.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
BIO 105

Human Biology

This course surveys the function of the human body systems in health and disease and includes topics of current interest, which may include diet and nutrition, treatments for infertility, infectious diseases and vaccines, and the affects of drugs on the nervous system. This course consists of three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. The lab exercises are designed to complement the lecture topics, and concurrent registration in both lecture and three-hour laboratory are required. This course is not eligible for elective credit in the major but is a required course in the psychology major.

Prerequisites: BIO-105L

4.0
BIO 105L

Human Biology Lab

The lab exercises are designed to complement the lecture topics, and three-hour laboratory are required.

Prerequisites: BIO-105

0.0
PSY 422

Topics in Personality

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of personality. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster
Offered in: As Needed
Prerequisites: PSY-208

3.0
Total 28

Personal Growth

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 212

Personal Growth

This course is an introduction to the concepts and techniques in psychology that apply to personal growth. Topics will include self-exploration, developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships, and strategies for achieving a life driven by values, meaning, and purpose. Students will learn from lecture, discussion, group exercises, and self-exploration exercises. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 316

Close Relationships

This course will focus on the life cycle of adult close relationships, ranging from stages of initial attraction and relationship initiation to growth and maintenance of the relationship, and in some cases, dissolution. We will examine current theories and research in the social psychological study of close relationships to gain a better understanding of the basic processes involved in intimate relationships. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 317

Emotions and Motivation

The study of emotion and motivation is critical to our understanding of human behavior. This course will introduce you to major research findings related to emotion and motivation. Topics will include perception, communication, individual differences, and development. Related topics may include neuroscience, marketing, affective computing, psychopathology, and human-robot communication. Topics and readings will be adjusted based on student interest. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 368

Stress & Adjustment

This course explores the biology and psychology of the experience of stress. Students will learn from both lecture and self-exploration. This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn and practice traditional and alternative stress management skills through individual and group practice. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 412

Goal Setting and Decision Making

This course introduces students to the scientific study of how people make decisions and reach goals. In this course we will discuss what exactly decision-making is, how decisions ought to be made (i.e., rational decision making), the systematic flaws observed in people making actual decisions, the uniquely psychological factors that influence decision-making (e.g., emotion), and the neural systems that underlie the decisions of both humans and non-human animals. Factors that influence (or should influence) decisions, including value, probability, uncertainty, delay, mood, and physiological state will be discussed. Additionally, students will assess how they reach their own goals and make judgements and decisions in everyday life. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 425

The Science of Wellbeing

This course explores the science and application of positive psychology through a review of the psychological strengths that allow individuals and societies to thrive. Students will be provided access to landmark and current research defining and establishing this new science of wellbeing. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PHI 210

Freedom, Death, and Meaning

This course explores themes and issues in xistentialist philosophy and literature through a reading of primary source texts. Special emphasis is placed on the ideas of freedom, death, and meaning. The course addresses such issues as the nature and meaning of freedom, the role of mortality in human life, and the possibility of meaningfulness and individuality in the modern world.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
RS 315

Spirituality in Human Experience

This course explores the history of spirituality in human experience. Traditional and non-traditional expressions will be investigated as will varied applications in life. Offered as needed.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 421

Topics in Personal Growth

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of physiological and cognitive psychology. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster

Prerequisites: PSY-212

3.0
Total 27

Law, the Person, and Society

Course Number Course Name Credits
SOC 201

Social Problems

This course is designed as a critical introduction to major social problems. Students learn to think critically about the ways in which social problems are constructed and to recognize the linkages between the experiences of individuals (personal troubles) and the broad social forces that shape them (public issues). Particular attention is given to social problems related to inequality and privilege, deviance, broken social institutions, and global concerns. Potential solutions are considered from both individual and policy perspectives. Counts as a course in the Stratification and Inequality, Activism and Social Justice, and Law, the Person, and Society Course Clusters.
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 206

Abnormal Psychology

This course scientifically describes and discusses the forms of abnormal behavior guided by the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM). Specific focus is placed on assessment and diagnosis, etiological factors, treatment possibilities, and predictions of recovery. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 301

Deviance and Society

This course is an introduction to the social scientific study of deviance. Students will be exposed to a wide range of perspectives and substantive topics intended to aid in defining, understanding, and explaining social deviance. Deviant behaviors, beliefs, and conditions all have social origins, are learned and made manifest in social interaction, and produce profound consequences for individuals and society at large. Counts as a course in the Law, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: SOC-201

3.0
PSY 365

Psychology and the Legal System

While the fields of law and psychology have historically been independent fields with varying objectives and values, in contemporary times the two have intersected in very important ways. This course will address how psychologists, clinically or empirically, have come to play an important role in the legal system. Major topics including the history and contemporary process of evaluating people for insanity, competency, and civil commitment, psychology's contribution to criminal investigative procedures, jury composition and decision-making, eyewitness testimony, and juvenile delinquency and family legal matters (divorce, custody) will be explored. Counts as a course in the Law, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 405

Drugs and Society

This survey course examines the nature of substance use and abuse in U.S. society and their implications for social policy. Attention is given to both licit (e.g., caffeine, nicotine, alcohol) and illicit drugs (e.g., cocaine, opioids). Students explore the history and contemporary social landscape of substance use, the social construction of "good" and "bad" drugs, the reciprocal effects of drug use patterns and drug use policy, and the disproportionate effects of U.S. drug policy on the lives of marginalized populations, particularly people of color and poor communities. Counts as a course in the Medical Sociology and Law, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: SOC-207

3.0
PSY 413

Criminal Behavior

This course will explore the major theories and corresponding research to account from criminal behavior. Attention to how biological, psychological and sociocultural influences play in the origin and exhibition of criminal behavior and aggression/violence will be addressed. The role that biopsychosocial factors play in crimes including assault and murder, sexual assault and abuse, juvenile delinquency, mass violence including serial killers and terrorism, and "white collar" criminal behavior will be discussed. Counts as a course in the Law, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
HIS 330

History of Constitutional Law

This course will develop an understanding of the legal system of the United States through the study constitutional history and the U.S. court system.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PHI 204

Logic and Reasoning

This course is a study of formal reasoning methods through informal fallacies, class logic and introduction to propositional logic.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY/SOC

One Elective from PSY 423 or SOC 415

3
Total 27

Media, the Person, and Society

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 205

Social Psychology

This course explores how people behave, think and feel in social situations. Students will be exposed to research methods, and historical and contemporary research findings and theories that have shaped the field. Major topics to be studied will include social perceptions and judgments about others, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, conformity and obedience, attraction to others, aggressive and helping behavior, and groups and leadership. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 202

Media and Society

This course offers a sociological perspective on the relationship between the media and society. Media narratives and imagery affect public perceptions of social phenomena as diverse as gender, crime, family relationships, disability, wealth, race/ethnicity, politics, and popular culture. As such, it is important to understand how those narratives and imagery are shaped by the structure of the media industry, including media concentration, inequality of access, and the proliferation of media platforms including the emergence of new media. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 313

Consumer Behavior

The course introduces uses the psychological principles to understand why consumers behave the way they do and how marketers use their knowledge of consumer behavior in their work. Students will learn how psychological research methods speak to ways in which consumer behavior is assessed along with the theories and conceptual frameworks that guide consumer mental processes that lead to the actual behavior of buying products to mental processes afterwards. The intersection between cognition, affect and social influences on consumer behavior will be discussed. Students can then apply this knowledge to understanding themselves as consumers. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 304

Media Literacy

This course is designed to foster an informed, critical, and practice understanding of how exposure to popular media influences the way we see the world. Through examination of topics such as the influence of advertising on media content, techniques of media persuasion and spin, and deconstruction of the subtle (and not so subtle) proliferation of media-driven cultural narratives and imagery, students will develop the media literacy and analytic skills needed to evaluate the accuracy and agenda of the media content they consume. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

Prerequisites: SOC-202

3.0
PSY 415

Mass Communication

How do our experiences with media affect the way we get knowledge about the world? How does media impact our attitudes and behavior? Using theories from psychology and communication along with reviews of the most up-to-date research, this course will cover a diversity of media and media issues ranging from commonly discussed topics, such as politics, sex, and violence, sports, music, emotion and more! Essentially, you will be learning about the psychological effects of mass communication on behavior and thought. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 407

Social Media

This course provides a sociological perspective on how the emergence of social media influences both social institutions and interpersonal relationships. Students will examine the effects of computer-mediated communications systems such as social networking platforms, e-mail, online chat rooms and forums, on-line games, and other new media venues affect how we interact with each other, develop virtual identities and communities, and engage with the social world. Key issues such as privacy, the digital divide, cyberbullying, internet activism, and internet addiction will be addressed. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: SOC-202

3.0
FA 331

Media and Culture

Technologies from the invention of writing to the inception of social media have influenced politics, journalism, andculltural production. As they explore aesthetic strategies and techniques in various media, students will engage with the material through both scholarship and practice. Selected readings from scholars, artists, and media activists will provide background and analysis of the history, theory, politics, and methods of participatory media. Students will critically analyze the relationships between media, audience, information, and power and consider the relationship between a participatory democracy and alternative media sources. Students will investigate the politics of representation and will learn to identify bias and manipulation and to recognize and analyze visual and textual systems of cultural codes at work in mass media. In their own projects, they will make use of this knowledge to create their own media messages to work most effectively within the visual and cultural codes they are challenging.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PHI 211

Technology and Society

This course is a philosophical exploration of the nature of technology and the political and social effects of technological change. The course addresses issues relating to the nature of technology and the ethical challenges it poses. Special emphasis is placed on the role and effects of information technologies and computers in modern society.

Prerequisites: PHI-201

3.0
PSY/SOC

One Elective from PSY 420 or SOC 416

3
Total 27

Work, the Person, and Society

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 211

Working on a Team

Teamwork is a common facet of life, be it in athletics, health care, academics, organizations and/or the workplace. This course will acquaint the student with the science that provides us with best practices in teamwork. Students will learn about the various types of teams and settings they operate in, how they are best developed, and issues associated with their optimal performance. Counts as a course in the Work, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 206

Sociology of Work

Work (including both paid employment and unpaid labor) plays a central role in shaping social relations, social inequality, and identity in the contemporary United States. Students will examine how the nature of work and employment have been transformed in the current labor market as well as the impact of those changes on other social institutions such as the family. Attention will also be paid to the racial, gender, class, and other categorical barriers to full inclusion, equality and advancement in the workplace and how those barriers may be affected by organizational structures, policies, and practices. Counts as a course in the Work, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 318

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to psychology in the workplace. Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology is concerned with the development, validation, and ongoing refinement, improvement of applications of psychological methods and principles to management, employee functions and other issues in work settings. Counts as a course in the Work, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY 416

Motivation in the Workplace

The workplace is a major opportunity for people to find purpose, meaning, and happiness in their lives. This course will study the latest research on what makes people happy at work, on how happiness at work improves the quality of work, on how people and organizations develop wisdom, and on what makes a career not just successful but meaningful. Also discussed will be some of the impediments-both individual and organizational-to doing meaningful and satisfying work. Students will develop their own visions of their ideal career, and of the ideal company they'd like to lead or work for. Counts as a course in the Work, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 403

American Labor Movement

This course explores how American people built this nation through individual, family, communal and political action, from the rise of industrial capitalism in the late nineteenth century, to the present day. As students engage with each other in extensive weekly discussions, analyze the textbook, watch video clips, and research and write their term paper, they are encouraged to reflect on how their own life has been influenced by the efforts of previous generations to make a good life and a decent society. While the course will focus on how people worked, and what their workplaces were like, it will also focus on how political movements, business innovations and government policies shaped workplaces and created the rules by which we live and work today. Counts as a course in the Work, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: SOC-206

3.0
MGT 304

Communicating in Organizations

The course deals with the relation of interpersonal communication to communications strategies in organizations. Students analyze communication networks and the relationship to group characteristics and productivity, leadership and conflict as they relate to communication in the organization.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: MGT-305 or Permission of Instructor

3.0
MGT 350

Leadership

This course is an analysis of the discipline of leadership. It offers an overview of multiple leadership theories and research in relation to organizations. This course explores topics such as transformational theory, situational leadership, trait theory and major researcher and authors related to leadership
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
PSY/SOC

One Elective from PSY 424 or SOC 416

3
Total 24

Core requirements: 58
Required Psychology courses: 41
Elective Psychology courses: 21
Total: 120

Careers

Careers

Graduates with degrees in psychology typically pursue one of two career paths: either directly entering the workforce through an entry-level position in a variety of industries or continuing their education through graduate study.

Starting Your Career After Graduation

Graduates interested in starting their careers as soon as they graduate have a wide range of career options to choose from. Options range from from administrative or research assistant positions in academic and community agencies (human services, mental health care settings), vocational rehabilitation offices, medical settings, or legal/correctional institutions.

Graduates also find opportunities in settings, including outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinics, schools, community-based organizations, and public social service agencies. Graduates interested in private-sector business opportunities are also finding increased job opportunities in the rapidly-expanding arena of employee assistance programs.

A sample of job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Alcohol and substance abuse clinician
  • Case Manager/Trainer
  • Channel Account Manager
  • Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Case Worker and Investigator
  • Commission and Reporting Specialist
  • Day Habilitation Counselor
  • Hospice social worker
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Medical Liaison
  • Pharmacology Research Technician
  • Probation officer
  • Senior Residential Supervisor
  • Skill Builder
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social Welfare Examiner
  • Surrogate Court Research Clerk
  • Youth Care Professional

Specific jobs in the mental health field include:

  • Activity director
  • Addictions counselor
  • Administrative program assistant
  • Admissions counselor
  • Admissions recruiter
  • Adolescent care worker
  • Therapy aid
  • Group home residential counselor
  • Supportive counselor
  • Adolescent chemical dependency counselor
  • Probation officer
  • Foster care worker
  • Service coordinator
  • Behavior analyst
  • Camp staff director
  • Recreational center group worker
  • Child care counselor
  • Case manager
  • Chemical dependency advocate
  • Child care worker
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Community service coordinator
  • Crime prevention coordinator
  • Daily living aid
  • Applied behavior analysis specialist
  • Director of a day care center
  • Foster home parent
  • Early childhood specialist
  • Group leader
  • Psychiatric center case manager
  • Educational coordinator
  • Youth worker
  • Drug counselor
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Women and children outreach worker
  • Child abuse prevention Instructor
  • Residential service coordinator
  • Therapy aid
  • Independent living specialist
  • Director of human services
  • Group home parent
  • Developmental reading instructor
  • Group home coordinator
  • House parent
  • Neighborhood outreach worker
  • Group home manager
  • Community support counselor
  • Psychology teacher
  • Half-way house worker
  • Adolescent crisis services residential counselor
  • Hotline support counselor
  • Hospital admissions counselor
  • Summer program for youth director
  • Park and recreational director
  • Social services worker
  • Geriatric specialist
  • Child care worker
  • Assistant youth coordinator
  • Individual aid
  • Work program supervisor and trainer

Continuing Your Education with a Graduate Degree

The areas with the potential for the greatest career advancement are likely to be those that require graduate degrees. Your Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from D'Youville will serve as an excellent foundation for graduate study. Indeed, recent alumni surveys have indicated that the success rate of D’Youville Psychology graduates’ admission to professional programs of study (e.g., Psychology, Counseling, Teaching, Healthcare, etc.) is twice that of reported national averages. 

Earning an advanced degree can qualify you for a wide range of professions careers as evidenced by our graduates who have done so. A sample of careers among graduates who have obtained an advanced degree include Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, College Professor, Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, and Nurse just to name a few.

Internships

Internships

An internship will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you've learned in the classroom to the workplace while gaining the kinds of valuable experience employers and graduate programs look for. By directly experiencing day-to-day life in a real-world setting, you'll also have the opportunity to better understand what career path is right for you. Additionally, an internship affords students the opportunity to network with professionals in their field of interest which can be invaluable for helping to secure post-graduate job or academic placement.  

Students in D'Youville's Psychology program are fortunate to not only have a wide range of internship experiences to choose from that can be tailored to their specific career interests, but have the opportunity to participate in two such internships that are integrated into our comprehensive curriculum.

Internship Overview

During your senior year, you'll be required to complete two semesters of internship while also taking the Senior Seminar. You'll complete a minimum of 225 hours of internship each semester or about 15 hours per week of on-the-job experience. You'll have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of experiences that will help you explore your own goals and interests through internship placements at human or social service organizations, forensic and/or legal organizations, research institutions, medical settings, educational institutions, or other types of settings as long as they're approved by D'Youville.

Regardless of where you choose to complete your internship experiences you'll benefit from the knowledge and experience of a committed team of professionals and peers through supervision from those at your internship placement, mentoring from D'Youville faculty, and your fellow students in your co-requisite Senior Seminar. 

Supporting Your Success Through the Senior Seminar

We're committed to your success. One major way we support your success as a student in the Psychology Department at D'Youville is through our Senior Seminar, a course designed to complement and expand on your internship experiences your senior year.

In the Senior Seminar you'll explore professionally-relevant issues such as ethics and legal issues, supervision, cultural diversity, and applying to graduate school as we help you to build your overall professional skills prior to graduation. Through interactions with your peers and your instructor, you'll not only build professional knowledge but you'll also receive the kind of support and encouragement that will help you excel during your internship placement and beyond, after graduation.

Sample Internship Placements

Unlike some institutions where students are required to seek and acquire their own internship opportunities, the faculty of the D'Youville Psychology Program are committed to helping students find internship placements within agencies and settings that are consistent with their career interests and plans.

The following is a list of locations that D'Youville Psychology student interns have been placed in since 2002:

  • Aspire of Western New York
  • Associate Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Avalon Eating Disorder Center
  • Baker Victory Services – Preventative Services
  • Buffalo City hall, Division of Citizen Services
  • Buffalo C.O.U.R.T.S.
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Buffalo Psychiatric Center
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Buffalo Speech and Hearing
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Camp Cradle Beach
  • Charter School of Applied Technology
  • Child & Family Services
  • Cheektowaga Central Schools
  • City of Buffalo, Division of Substance Abuse Services
  • Claddagh Commission, Inc
  • Clean Air Coalition of Western new York
  • Community Services Inc.
  • Compass House
  • Compeer of Western New York
  • Crisis Services
  • D'Youville Admissions Office
  • D'Youville Athletic Department
  • D'Youville Career & Professional Engagement
  • D'Youville Public Relations Department
  • East Aurora Union Free School District
  • Edukids Early Childhood Center
  • Erie County Court Judge – 8th District
  • Erie County Department of Health & Teen Wellness
  • Erie County Department of Probation
  • Erie County District Attorney's Office
  • Erie County Family Court
  • Erie County Forensic Mental Health
  • Escuela Secundaria Ángel María Herrera (Panama)
  • Frontier Central Public Schools
  • Gateway-Longview, Inc.
  • Greenfield Continuing Care Community
  • Hillside Family Agencies
  •  Holland Central School District
  • Horizon Health Services
  • Jericho Community Health Center
  • Kaleida Addictions Center
  • Kaleida Health Occupational Therapy
  • Key Resource Group, LLP
  • Kids Peace
  • Lakeshore Behavioral Health
  • Lackawanna Drug Treatment Court
  • Lancaster Central Schools
  • Lewiston-Porter Central Schools
  • Lockport Central Schools
  • Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc.
  • Moving Miracles
  • Newfane Central Schools
  • Native American Magnet School
  • New Frontiers in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • New York State Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Fraud Division
  • Niagara Falls Public Schools
  • Niagara Wheatfield Public Schools
  • North Tonawanda Public Schools
  • The Partnership, Ltd.
  • People Inc.
  • Research Center for Children & Youth (SUNY)
  • Research Institute on Addictions
  • Research Internships with Faculty at D’Youville and other Institutions
  • Rochester-Henrietta Central Schools
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Seneca Nation Clerks' Office
  • Sisters Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Snelling Personnel
  • SPCA
  • University of San Diego, Department of Psychology
  • West Seneca Public Schools
  • Western New York Child Psychiatric Center
  • Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office
  • Wheatfield Pediatrics
  • Women & Children's Hospital Early Childhood Program
  • YWCA Transitional Housing Program

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.33

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

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