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Psychology Major or Minor

Student Profile: Daphne Pariser

Daphne Pariser

Growing up in California, Flagler psychology major Daphne Pariser probably never imagined that one day she’d be working in a lab on a Japanese island, conducting molecular biology research for immunology.

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Program Description

Why should I choose the psychology major?
If you've always been intrigued by the complex mysteries of human behavior and development—learning, motivation, emotion, memory, judgment, personality, mental disorders, and social interactions —psychology may be your major. Psychologists build successful careers in a wide variety of settings including medical and health clinics, schools and universities, and even fields as diverse as law, urban planning, and advertising. In fact, recent surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor have projected a steady increase in the demand for well-trained, socially-responsive psychologists.

What does the program at Flagler offer?
The psychology program at Flagler College has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence in preparing students for graduate work in psychology. A challenging curriculum, small and highly personalized classes, and a faculty of distinguished scholars act in concert to ensure that Flagler students acquire the skills they need to understand human behavior, become familiar with classic texts, and develop strong writing and critical thinking skills. In addition to building a strong foundation in the discipline, Flagler students also gain valuable field experience through internships at human services agencies in the St. Augustine area.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in psychology must take the following courses: PSY 101, NAS 111, MAT 223, PSY 210, PSY 253, PSY 470, and an additional 24 semester hours of credit in psychology courses. Major requires students to complete an exit exam. Psychology courses which are cross-listed for another discipline cannot be counted toward a major or minor program in both disciplines. In total, 36 credit hours are required from among the psychology course offerings, and 7 credit hours are required from other disciplines. The Psychology major provides a traditional course of study appropriate either for work in a variety of occupational settings upon graduation or for graduate work in psychology. Within the traditional major, students may wish to consider an orientation in human services offered for students interested in pursuing occupations involving counseling and guidance, or in attending graduate programs in related fields. This program includes the following courses: PSY 101, 210, 323, 361, 371, and 461. In addition, it is strongly advised that students take PSY 481, 482, 483, which is an internship experience involved in working in a human services agency in the St. Augustine vicinity, such as alcohol rehabilitation, drug abuse and prevention, and youth services.

Internship positions are limited, and students interested in human services are encouraged to seek advisement from the Social Sciences Department. Intern positions are available to students who have obtained a minimum cumulative average of 3.0 and permission from the instructor. Internship hours may not count toward a major area of concentration or toward minor areas of study in social sciences.

Required Courses (19 credit hours)

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
NAS 111Introduction to Biologcal Science with Lab4
MAT 223Statistics3
PSY 210Psychology of Personality3
PSY 253Research Methods3
PSY 470Senior Seminar (to be taken in the last semester3

Electives (24 credit hours)

Students must take two courses from each of the following categories, as well as an additional two courses at the 300 or 400 level (these may be taken from the lists below or other appropriate electives not in these categories):

Category I

PSY 201Child Psychology3
PSY 205Developmental Psychology3
PSY 330Psychology of Aging3
PSY 344Adolescent Psychology3
PSY 370Social Psychology3

Category II

PSY 371Tests and Measurements3
PSY 410Human Factors in Psychology3
PSY 415History of Psychology3
PSY 430Industrial-Organizational Psychology3
PSY 445Cross-Cultural Psychology3
PSY 460Substance Abuse3
PSY 461Individual and Group Counseling I3
PSY 462Individual and Group Counseling II3

Category III

PSY 323Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 333Cognition3
PSY 351Physiologocial Psychology3
PSY 361Principles of Behavior Modification3
PSY 401Advanced General Psychology3
PSY 437Somatopsychology3
PSY 451Neuropsychology3

Other Electives

PSY 340Selected Topics3
PSY 440Selected Topics3
PSY 477Research Assistant1-3
PSY 481, 482, 483Psychology Internship1-6
PSY 491, 492, 493Independent Study1-3

Minor Requirements

Students minoring in psychology must complete 18 semester hours to include PSY 101, PSY 201 or 205, PSY 210, and at least 9 semester hours at the 300 and 400 level.