Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Tracks

In accordance with individual interests and career goals, Psychology majors can select courses in one of three directions:

Core Liberal Arts Track

Major in Psychology. The liberal arts direction may be selected by students who want a basic foundation in psychology and a broad preparation in the liberal arts. Since only two courses per year are required for the major in Psychology (four courses during the sophomore year), the Psychology major can be combined with other majors or minors. This direction fulfills the requirements for graduate study in psychology, as well as for careers open to liberal arts graduates without specific pre-professional preparation. Students might have careers in marketing, healthcare, communications, or business.

Pre-Professional Track

Major in Psychology, supplemented with courses in a pre-professional specialization. The pre-professional direction is designed for students who want to pursue a specialized profession. The Psychology major is sufficiently open in requirements so that it can be integrated easily with pre-professional preparation. Correlative courses prepare students for professional work or graduate study in the following areas:

  • Pre-Health Professions: Students preparing for one of the health professions often find the Psychology major a useful center for their pre¬professional studies. In fields such as physical therapy, medicine, health education, nursing, public health, health administration, or veterinary medicine, professionals who regard their task as dealing with human beings who have difficulties can find psychology a meaningful source of guidance. Coursework in Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science is combined with the major to provide appropriate background. (See separate listings for these pre-health programs.)
  • Secondary Education: Students who want to teach psychology at the secondary school level obtain state certification in social science. Upon completion of the required courses in Psychology, Education and Social Sciences, students are eligible for the Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate.
  • Psychology and Business: Students who are interested in positions in human resources management and who want to combine preparation in psychology and business can combine the major in Psychology with a minor in Business. This program is good preparation for students who want to pursue graduate study in psychology or business administration.
  • Pre-Art Therapy: Students may want to combine Psychology and Art Therapy courses in preparation for graduate study. This can be accomplished through a major in Psychology with an Art Therapy emphasis, a major in Art and Design with an Art Therapy emphasis and coursework in Psychology, or a combined major in Art and Design
    (B.A. program) and Psychology with an Art Therapy emphasis.
  • Individualized Options: Students who are interested in careers such as school psychology, psychiatric social work, working with children, counseling and guidance in schools, music therapy, or psychometrics must continue their education at the master’s level. Appropriate preparatory courses at the undergraduate level should be selected in consultation with the Department adviser.

Ph.D. Track

Major in Psychology, supplemented with cognate courses in preparation for master's and Ph.D. programs in psychology. The graduate studies direction is designed for students interested in post¬secondary teaching, research, clinical or counseling psychology, or other specialized areas of psychology. Undergraduate psychology coursework should be supplemented with cognate courses relevant to students’ particular interests, selected in consultation with the Department Chair or adviser. Students should also consider courses aimed at increasing skills in quantitative methods (such as advanced statistics courses, e.g., MA145, MA201, MA242), public speaking (e.g. CM110, TH101, TH140, TH141, TH150, US248), and/or visual presentation (e.g., CM268, CS107). Ph.D. programs do not require any specific set of such courses, but may give weight to students who have such training.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Arcadia University Psychology majors who meet the criteria for admission will be given preferential consideration for admission. The graduate program in Counseling Psychology is designed to allow a student to sit for the NCE and to apply for Pennsylvania licensure once mandated supervised work experience is acquired.


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