Academic Catalog

Psychology, B.A.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Psychology is designed to provide students with a broad-based understanding of psychology, and, through an appropriate choice of electives, the opportunity to tailor courses of study to fit specific interests and career objectives.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts degree program is to provide intensive training to those students who desire a foundation for graduate work in psychology, or who choose to further education in a graduate program in business, human services, law, mental health, etc. It also provides a strong preparation for careers in fields, which require knowledge of human behavior, leadership and motivation, and advanced social skills.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program consists of a 45-credit core of courses that includes 18 required credits in basic psychology, statistics, and research methods, followed by 27 credits of psychology electives.

Program Goals

Excellence in Teaching

  • Experienced faculty
  • Faculty represent multiple disciplines in the field
  • Faculty are rated highly in terms of student satisfaction
  • Personal Attention
  • Faculty meet regularly with students to advise and mentor
  • Faculty write letters of recommendation; review graduate school application materials
  • help students identify area of graduate study they wish to pursue and schools to take them to next step

Scientific Foundation

  • Courses in Research Methods, Writing in Psychology (APA style), Statistics
  • Discussion of empirical research as the foundation of Psychological science is infused in every class
  • Experiential learning includes
    • brain dissection;
    • empirical research design;
    • literature reviews;
    • data analysis & interpretation
  • Course content includes comprehensive learning of major theory in all disciplines in Psychology, as well as review and discussion of seminal historical research that shapes current understanding and research directions in the field


  • Internships are required and provide invaluable real-world experiential learning to apply classroom learning and concepts
  • Faculty contacts with community leaders and workers in Psychology and mental health related fields give students access to professionals who act as examples and provide learning opportunities
  • Preparation for graduate studies is part of the Psychology program curriculum; students are informed of the requirement of graduate education for a successful career path in psychology related fields
  • Community partnerships and service-learning opportunities are combined with classroom learning in many courses to help students bring their learning into real world environments and situations
  • The Psychology program has key elements embedded in every course to identify and grow critical thinking skills in all students

Student Success

  • The Psychology program faculty coordinates resources within and without the Medaille College community to provide comprehensive services for students to ensure their academic success

Program Development

  • Faculty continue to develop and introduce courses into the curriculum related to current topics in Psychology (e.g. trauma; popular psychology; counseling; etc.)

Resource Allocation

  • The Psychology program faculty coordinates and develops resources within and without the Medaille College community to provide comprehensive services for students to insure innovation in teaching and learning


  • Faculty in the Psychology program partner with agencies and professionals in the WNY community to enrich learning opportunities for students
  • Internship and Service-Learning opportunities connect students to real world situations and environments where they see and experience psychological theories, concepts, research, and human behavior in action

Degree earned: B.A.
Delivery formats: On-campus, online
Total number of credits: 120-121

Credit Distribution

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra 23
MAT 201Statistics and Society3
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 207Psychological Statistics3
PSY 250Research Methods in Psychology3
PSY 350Psychology Research and Writing3
PSY 370Abnormal Human Behavior3
PSY 377Psychology Undergraduate Internship3
Psychology Electives
Select 9 courses of the following of which at least 8 courses or 24 credit hours must be PSY courses: 327
Child Development
Cognitive Psychology
Special Topic in Psychology
Organizational Psychology
Social Psychology
Health Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology of Adulthood
Drugs and Behavior
History and Systems of Psychology
Parapsychology & Pseudoscience
Sports Psychology
Special Topic in Psychology
Psychological Assessment
Undergraduate Internship In Psychology II
Independent Study In Psychology
Educational Psychology
Human Relations
Social Problems
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
Select 21 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives, 9 credits of which must be 300/400-level courses.21
Liberal Arts and Science course include: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, LNG, MAT, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, and THE courses.
Free Elective Component
Select 21 credits of Free Electives 421
Total Hours120-121

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective


Students who meet the math competency may substitute a Liberal Arts and Science elective


Additionally, 5 courses (15 credits) must be a 300/400-level course.


May include any College course.

Suggested Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
PSY Elective 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
LAS Elective 3
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics 3
PSY Elective 3
PSY Elective 3
PSY Elective 3
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
PSY 250 Research Methods in Psychology 3
PSY Elective 3
PSY Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective 3
Third Year
First Semester
PSY 350 Psychology Research and Writing 3
PSY 370 Abnormal Human Behavior 3
PSY Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
Free Elective 3
Second Semester
PSY 377 Psychology Undergraduate Internship 3
PSY Elective (300/400) 3
PSY Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
PSY Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Second Semester
INT 450/PSY 411 Capstone in Citizenship 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.