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Flagler College Alumni Andres Guardiola with Dr. Emily Splane, Chair of the Social Sciences Department, Dr. Joseph Joyner, President, and Professor Lynn Brueske-Walton.

Psychology

The psychology program has a well-earned reputation for preparing students to excel. You'll benefit from a challenging curriculum, small, personalized classes, and seasoned faculty.

What You'll Study

Our curriculum emphasizes psychology as a basic and applied science. It is built on the American Psychological Association (APA) undergraduate learning goals and objectives.

We will challenge you to think critically and independently while exploring research questions, methods, and ethical standards. You'll then learn to communicate your ideas and conclusions effectively.

These skills will equip you to take on a variety of careers or head straight into graduate studies.

Practical Experience

To get the most out of your time at Flagler, we recommend you pursue independent research and internship experiences. Once you're a junior or senior, have maintained a 3.0 GPA, and have permission from your instructor, you'll gain access to internship positions.

Internship hours do not count toward a major area of concentration or toward minor areas of study in social sciences.

What's Next?

Our goal is to help you gain the skills you need as a professional, including understanding human behavior, becoming familiar with the scientific study of psychology, and developing strong writing and critical thinking skills.

Doing research in the department has definitely better prepared me for graduate school and has also exposed me to many different opportunities for presenting at conferences! Sarah Salvi, Psychology, 2018
Student Sarah Salvi
Doing research in the department has definitely better prepared me for graduate school and has also exposed me to many different opportunities for presenting at conferences! Sarah Salvi, Psychology, 2018

Major Requirements

Required Courses
16 Credit Hours
PSY
101
Introduction to Psychology
NAS
111
Introduction to Biological Science with Lab
MAT
223
Statistics
PSY
253
Research Methods
PSY
470
Senior Seminar (to be taken in last year)
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Elective Courses: Human Development (Choose at least two)
6+ Credit Hours
PSY
201
Child Psychology
PSY
210
Psychology of Personality
PSY
330
Psychology of Aging
PSY
344
Adolescent Psychology
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Elective Courses: Social/Applied Psychology (Choose at least two)
6+ Credit Hours
PSY
370
Social Psychology
PSY
371
Psychological Testing
PSY
401
Advanced General Psychology
PSY
410
Human Factors in Psychology
PSY
430
Industrial-Organizational Psychology
PSY
445
Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSY
448
Positive Psychology
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Elective Courses: Mental Health/Applied Psychology (Choose at least two)
6+ Credit Hours
PSY
361
Principles of Behavior Modification
PSY
368
Sexual Orientation
PSY
437
Health Psychology
PSY
455
Psychology of Eating
PSY
460
Substance Abuse
PSY
461
Individual and Group Counseling I
PSY
462
Individual and Group Counseling II
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Elective Courses: Biological/Clinical Psychology (Choose at least two)
6+ Credit Hours
PSY
323
Abnormal Psychology
PSY
333
Cognition
PSY
351
Physiological Psychology
PSY
451
Neuropsychology
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Other Electives
PSY
340
Selected Topics
PSY
440
Selected Topics
PSY
477
Research Assistant
PSY
478
Research Assistant
PSY
479
Research Assistant
PSY
491
Independent Study
PSY
492
Independent Study
PSY
493
Independent Study
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Minor Requirements

Required Courses
18 Credit Hours
PSY
101
Introduction to Psychology
PSY
253
Research Methods
PSY
210
Psychology of Personality
At least nine semester hours at the 300 and 400 level
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Senior Seminar

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 Seminars that will be offered in the Fall

InstructorTitlePrerequisites
Emily Splane Clinical and Biological Psychology PSY 351 and permission of instructor
Lynn Brueske-Walton Development Psychopathology PSY 201, 205, or 344 and PSY 323 and permission of instructor

Senior Seminars that will be offered in the Spring

InstructorTitlePrerequisites
Joe Vlah Social Psychology PSY 370 and permission of instructor
Angi Semegon Lifespan Psychology PSY 201 or 205 and PSY 344 or PSY 330 and permission of instructor
Tracy Litzinger Applied Psychology PSY 430, 371, or 410 and permission of instructor

Senior Seminars that will be offered in the Summer session A

InstructorTitlePrerequisites
Emily Splane Senior Seminar for Psychology Majors No Prerequisites