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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.

Program Description

The curriculum within the Psychology Program at Flagler College emphasizes psychology as a basic and applied science and is based on the American Psychological Association undergraduate learning goals and objectives. While students explore research questions, methods, and ethical standards, they are challenged to think critically and independently, and to communicate ideas and conclusions effectively. Our psychology program prepares students for careers in a variety of occupational settings or for graduate work in psychology.

Completion of an exit exam (Major Field Test) during the final semester at Flagler College is required of all psychology majors. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue independent research and internship experiences in the local community. Internship positions are available to students of junior or senior standing who have obtained a minimum cumulative average of 3.0 and permission from the instructor. Internship hours do not count toward a major area of concentration or toward minor areas of study in social sciences.

Major Requirements

Required Courses (16 credit hours)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
NAS 111 Introduction to Biological Science with Lab (4)
MAT 223 Statistics (3)
PSY 253 Research Methods (3)
PSY 470 Senior Seminar (3) (to be taken in last semester)

Elective Courses (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)

Choose at least 2 courses from below (Category I- Human Development)
PSY 201 Child Psychology (3)
PSY 205 Lifespan Psychology (3)
PSY 210 Psychology of Personality (3)
PSY 330 Psychology of Aging (3)
PSY 344 Adolescent Psychology (3) 
Choose at least 2 courses from below (Category II-Social/Applied Psychology)
PSY 370 Social Psychology (3)
PSY 371 Tests and Measurements (3)
PSY 401 Advanced General Psychology (3)
PSY 430 Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3)
PSY 445 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3) 
Choose at least 2 courses from below (Category III- Mental Health/Applied Psychology)

PSY 361 Principles of Behavior Modification
PSY 368 Sexual Orientation (3)
PSY 437 Health Psychology (3)
PSY 460 Substance Abuse (3)
PSY 461 Individual and Group Counseling I (3)
PSY 462 Individual and Group Counseling II (3)
Choose at least 2 courses from below (Category IV-Biological/Clinical Psychology)
PSY 323 Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY 333 Cognition (3)
PSY 351 Physiological Psychology (3)
PSY 451 Neuropsychology
Other Electives

PSY 340 Selected Topics (3)
PSY 440 Selected Topics (3)
PSY 477 Research Assistant (1-3)
PSY 491, 492, 493 Independent Study (1-3)

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.


Senior seminar, the required capstone class for psychology majors, will be offered every semester and will be taught by different faculty with a theme or topic relevant to each professor’s field of study. The rotation of sections of senior seminar for the next several semesters and pre-requisite courses for each section are detailed below.

Senior Seminar

Senior Seminars that will be offered in the Fall

Emily SplaneClinical and Biological PsychologyPSY 351
Lynn Brueske-WaltonDevelopment PsychopathologyPSY 201, 205, or 344 and PSY 323


Senior Seminars that will be offered in the Spring

Joe VlahSocial PsychologyPSY 370
Angi SemegonLifespan PsychologyPSY 201 or 205 and PSY 344 or PSY 330
Jeremy KrauseCognitionPSY 253 and PSY 333

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