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.
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 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|NAS 111||Introduction to Biologcal Science with Lab||4|
|PSY 210||Psychology of Personality||3|
|PSY 253||Research Methods||3|
|PSY 470||Senior Seminar (to be taken in the last semester||3|
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):
|PSY 201||Child Psychology||3|
|PSY 205||Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSY 330||Psychology of Aging||3|
|PSY 344||Adolescent Psychology||3|
|PSY 370||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 371||Tests and Measurements||3|
|PSY 410||Human Factors in Psychology||3|
|PSY 415||History of Psychology||3|
|PSY 430||Industrial-Organizational Psychology||3|
|PSY 445||Cross-Cultural Psychology||3|
|PSY 460||Substance Abuse||3|
|PSY 461||Individual and Group Counseling I||3|
|PSY 462||Individual and Group Counseling II||3|
|PSY 323||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSY 351||Physiologocial Psychology||3|
|PSY 361||Principles of Behavior Modification||3|
|PSY 401||Advanced General Psychology||3|
|PSY 340||Selected Topics||3|
|PSY 440||Selected Topics||3|
|PSY 477||Research Assistant||1-3|
|PSY 481, 482, 483||Psychology Internship||1-6|
|PSY 491, 492, 493||Independent Study||1-3|
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.