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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology is designed to provide students with a broad-based understanding of psychology, and, through an appropriate choice of electives, the opportunity to tailor courses of study to fit specific interests and career objectives.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts degree program is to provide intensive training to those students who desire a foundation for graduate work in psychology, or who choose to further education in a graduate program in business, human services, law, mental health, etc. It also provides a strong preparation for careers in fields which require a knowledge of human behavior, leadership and motivation, and advanced social skills.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program consists of a 45 credit core of courses that includes 18 required credits in basic psychology, statistics, and research methods, followed by 27 credits of psychology electives.

Program Goals:

Excellence in Teaching

  • Full time Faculty are experienced; all have 10-plus years of experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
  • Faculty represent multiple disciplines in the field
  • Faculty are rated highly in terms of student satisfaction
  • Personal Attention
  • Faculty meet regularly with students to advise and mentor
  • Faculty write letters of recommendation; review graduate school application materials
  • Help students identify area of graduate study they wish to pursue and schools to take them to next step

Scientific Foundation

  • Courses in Research Methods, Writing in Psychology (APA style), Statistics
  • Discussion of empirical research as the foundation of Psychological science is infused in every class
  • Experiential learning includes brain dissection; empirical research design; literature reviews; data analysis & interpretation
  • Course content includes comprehensive learning of major theory in all disciplines in Psychology, as well as review and discussion of seminal historical research that shapes current understanding and research directions in the field


  • Internships are required and provide invaluable real-world experiential learning to apply classroom learning and concepts
  • Faculty contacts with community leaders and workers in Psychology and mental health related fields give students access to professionals who act as examples and provide learning opportunities
  • Preparation for graduate studies is part of the Psychology program curriculum; students are informed of the requirement of graduate education for a successful career path in psychology related fields
  • Community partnerships and service learning opportunities are combined with classroom learning in many courses to help students bring their learning into real world environments and situations
  • The Psychology program has key elements embedded in every course to identify and grow critical thinking skills in all students

Student Success

The Psychology program faculty coordinates resources within and without the Medaille College community to provide comprehensive services for students to insure their academic success

Program Development

Faculty continue to develop and introduce courses into the curriculum related to current topics in Psychology (e.g. trauma; popular psychology; counseling; etc.)

Resource Allocation

The Psychology program faculty coordinates and develops resources within and without the Medaille College community to provide comprehensive services for students to insure innovation in teaching and learning


  • Faculty in the Psychology program partner with agencies and professionals in the WNY community to enrich learning opportunities for students
  • Internship and Service Learning opportunities connect our students to real world situations and environments where they see and experience psychological theories, concepts, research, and human behavior in action



Credit Distribution

General Education Core (33 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective]

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3) [Students who meet the math competency must substitute an LAS Elective]

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Major Requirements (45 credits)

Required courses (18 credits)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

PSY 207 Psychological Statistics (3)

PSY 250 Research Methods in Psychology (3)

PSY 350 Psychology Research and Writing (3)

PSY 370 Abnormal Human Behavior (3)

PSY 377 Undergraduate Internship (3)

Psychology Electives (27 credits)

Students must choose 9 courses from the following of which at least 8 courses or 24 credit hours must be PSY courses: PSY 210, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 247, PSY 298, PSY 300, PSY 310, PSY 320, PSY 321, PSY 349, PSY 351, PSY 368, PSY 379, PSY 385, PSY 398, PSY 420, PSY 421, PSY 477, PSY 498, EDU 223, SSC 200, SOC 401. Additionally, 5 courses (15 credits) must be a 300/400-level course.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (21 credits)

Students are required to complete 21 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives, 9 credits of which must be 300/400-level courses. Liberal Arts and Science course include: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, LNG, MAT, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, and THE courses.

Free Elective Component (21 credits)

May include any College course.

Total 120 credit hours