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A degree in psychology prepares students for their futures as responsible global citizens. The curriculum engages students in research and scholarly activity, while also encouraging them to apply coursework in internships, study abroad, and/or community service. Graduates of the psychology program are prepared for entry-level employment in the field and for advanced study in graduate or professional schools.
The Psychology program at Saint Francis University is grounded in the Goals of Franciscan Higher Education and the learning goals identified by the American Psychological Association. This program, which offers a B.A. as well as a B.S. degree, is designed to introduce students to natural and social scientific investigations of behavior and mental processes. Within a liberal arts and sciences tradition, the Psychology Department is committed to teaching, mentoring, research, scholarly activity, and to service, both to the university and to our external communities.
**All psychology majors are required to have one minor; a double major or pre-professional concentration may substitute for a minor
Select BA or BS with any “track” depending on
* broad interests
* less room for psychology credits in their schedules due to a double major, multiple minors, late major change
* no immediate plans to attend graduate school in the area of psychology1
* plans to later earn a Master’s degree or Psy.D in a pre-professional area (e.g., M.A. Counseling, M.S.W., M.B.A, M.H.R, etc.)
*plans to minor or double-major in business, criminal justice, education, nursing, O.T., pre-law, pre-professional, P.T., or social work
* believe it is realistic to attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
* plans to earn a Ph.D in a sub-field of psychology, (usually for the purpose of having a private practice, doing research, and/or teaching at the college level)
* plans to earn a MD degree by going to medical school to be a psychiatrist2
* believes it is realistic to attain a minimum GPA of 3.60 or higher and a minimum GRE score of about 12002
Select the B.S. track if you plan to……
* minor or double major in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, computer science, or math (see B.S. Pre-professional for exception)
* have a pre-professional concentration
* currently have (or transferred from) a 2nd major/minor in a Health Science area with heavy science requirements (e.g., OT, nursing, PT, Exercise Physiology, etc.)
Select the B.A. track if you plan to……
* select ANY OTHER minor and/or double major
Note 1. A student who graduates with a General Liberal Studies track degree may still successfully attend graduate school later on, but for those who believe they may or definitely want to attend graduate school in psychology, we recommend selecting either the
Pre-professional or Ph.D track for the best preparation and to increase chances of graduate school admission.
Note 2. The actual minimum cumulative GPA required to be admitted into graduate/medical school (aside from minimum GRE score) varies by subfield of psychology and by individual school programs. For example medical school, clinical psychology, and
child clinical psychology are among the most competitive types of programs to get into and some may require a 3.80 or 3.90 minimum GPA (aside from undergrad research experiences and/or internships). We strongly recommend the Pre-Professional concentration as the student’s minor for those planning
to attend medical school for psychiatry - you must be willing to take several higher-level math and science classes to follow this career path. Rather than taking SCI 101 or 201, you will want to take BIOL 111 to start with. For math you should be willing and able to take Calculus.
Note 3. The B.A. and B.S. psychology degrees are equal in status; students should choose one based on personal interests/career goals NOT based on which one “sounds” better.
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