The major in psychology at Villanova is very rigorous and time consuming. Considerable demands are made upon the students' time to complete lab projects, reading assignments, computer assignments, writing assignments, etc. Students should expect to devote at least an additional 2-3 hours per course credit per week to their studies in psychology.
This works out to 6-9 hours (not including class time) per week per course. Freshman and sophomores who contemplate majoring in psychology may begin the major early by taking PSY 1000, plus any elective courses for which PSY 1000 is the only prerequisite. Because of course prerequisites, students should expect that completion of the major will require four semesters after the formal declaration of the major.
A major in psychology requires 11 courses (31 credits):
- PSY 1000 - General Psychology
- PSY 4000 - Intro Statistics
- PSY 4050 - Research Methods in Psy
- PSY 4100 - Foundations of Modern Psych
PSY 4125 - Contemporary Issues in Psych
- PSY 4150 - Sem Professional Development
- PSY 4200 - Physiological Psychology
- PSY 4500 - Cognitive Psychology
- Four psychology elective courses (12 credits)
Courses graded Satisfactory/Unsatistactory (S/U) cannot be used as psychology electives to satisfy the major; S/U courses can only be used as liberal arts general electives.
Both PSY 4050 - Research Methods in Psy and PSY 4500 - Cognitive Psychology count as Writing Intensive courses for the liberal arts curriculum. PSY 4050 - Research Methods in Psy also fills the liberal arts Core Research Requirement.
Either PSY 4100 - Foundations of Modern Psych or PSY 4125 - Contemporary Issues in Psych is taken during the senior year.
Recommended for Majors
PSY 5900 - Undergraduate Research is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue graduate work in psychology.
PSY 2993 - Psychology Internship is recommended for students who wish to gain real-world experience working in psychology. Internships usually involve a one-year commitment (fall and spring semesters) during the senior year. Click on the document below to download the Psychology Internship Packet.