Jun 17, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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John C. Norcross, Ph.D., Chair
Bryan R. Burnham, Ph.D.
J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D.
Emily J. Hopkins, Ph.D.
Christie P. Karpiak, Ph.D.
Gail N. Kemp, Ph.D.
Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D.
Jessica M. Nolan, Ph.D.
Patrick T. Orr, Ph.D.
Joshua J. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Carole S. Slotterback, Ph.D.
Jill A. Warker, Ph.D.


Psychology provides a unique educational experience of quality, breadth, and flexibility. Our curriculum has been carefully designed to give students a balanced education in the discipline and the widest range of career options, from baccalaureate positions to graduate training in prestigious universities. According to an independent study, the number of our University’s graduates who have earned doctorates in psychology places us in the top 10% of comparable institutions nationally.

Psychology majors are required to take PSYC 110 , PSYC 211 PSYC 212 , PSYC 390  (junior year), and PSYC 490 -PSYC 491  (senior year). Majors also take a minimum of five courses from the following list (“Core 8”) with at least one course in each group: Physiological Processes (PSYC 230 , PSYC 231 ), Learning Processes (PSYC 234 , PSYC 235 ), Social-Developmental Processes (PSYC 220 PSYC 226 ), and Individual Processes (PSYC 224 , PSYC 225 ). Students are free to choose from any of these or the remaining Psychology courses to fulfill the additional major requirements. Students are encouraged to serve as Teaching Assistants and to complete Field Experience (PSYC 480  or 481 ) and Undergraduate Research (PSYC 493  and 494 ) in their junior or senior year.

The Psychology Department helps students tailor their programs to their own interests and goals. For example, psychology majors are regularly involved in honors programs, pre-law, and study abroad. Students interested in marketing, personnel, or industrial-organizational psychology may elect a business minor and recommended psychology courses. Students interested in criminal justice and counseling can minor or double major in those disciplines. Interdisciplinary programs, such as the Lifespan Development Concentration  and the Neuroscience, BS , are codirected by psychology faculty.  Please visit the Psychology homepage (www.scranton.edu/academics/cas/psychology/) for additional information and student success stories.

To avoid duplication of course content, Psychology majors may not register for the following courses: CHS 242 - Counseling Theories ; CHS 293 - (EPW) Research Methods in Counseling and Human Services ; and CHS 323 - Psychiatric Rehabilitation . Psychology majors declaring a minor or a second major in Human Services should consult their advisors and the chair of Human Services with regard to these course restrictions.

Affiliated Programs

The Lifespan Development Concentration is affiliated and coordinated by the Department of Psychology.

The Neuroscience Program is codirected by the Psychology Department and the Biology Department.

The Environmental Studies Concentration  is affiliated with and coordinated by the Department of Psychology.


Course Information

Courses for Psychology are listed under the prefix PSYC; closely related courses are listed under NEUR and HD.  For more information on these courses, visit our Psychology Department Courses  page.  For more information about the Psychology Department, visit its website.

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