PsychologyThe Study of Psychology
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Susquehanna offers courses in a variety of specialized areas. These include clinical, cognitive, educational, experimental and social psychology. Additional areas are biopsychology, child development, counseling and psychopharmacology — the effect of drugs on behavior.
Research. Research experience is essential for students preparing for professional and/or graduate training. At Susquehanna, psychology majors and faculty jointly conduct original research. Recent projects have focused on areas such as developmental psychobiology, language development, learning, psychological testing and social psychology. Students have presented papers describing their work at national and regional professional meetings and undergraduate conferences. Majors also have co-written articles in leading professional journals.
Field Work. Practical experience in human service agencies is available to qualified students. A wide variety of practicum placements is available. Sites include agencies serving persons who are developmentally disabled, mental health programs, child care programs, adoption agencies, geriatric centers and school guidance offices. Students can also gain experience at programs for abused women and children, drug and alcohol abuse programs and probation offices.
Secondary Teaching Certification. Psychology majors preparing for certification may substitute student teaching for the two psychology electives. They also must meet additional Department of Education requirements.
Honors in Psychology. The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes outstanding performance in psychology. To graduate with honors in psychology, students must:
- complete all the requirements for the major,
- have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a psychology GPA of 3.50,
- score at least 80 percent on the comprehensive examination,
- complete PS:525 Independent Research for two or more credits, and
- present their independent research in an approved public forum.
Psi Chi. Students who meet requisite national standards are eligible to join the national psychology honor society.
Interdisciplinary options. Psychology and sociology majors may choose the minor in Human Resource Management. This minor requires: AC:200 Financial Accounting, EC:105 Elements of Economics or EC:202 Principles of Microeconomics, MG:360 Management and Organizational Behavior, MG:361 Human Management, and MG:462 Human Resource Planning. An additional four semester hours of electives are chosen from MG:365 Advanced Organizational Behavior, MG:467 Seminar in Human Resource Management and EC:325 Labor Economics.