Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Psychology

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-520-7400 (ph) 504-520-7952 (fax)

Dr. Lisa J. Schulte
Department Head

PSYCHOLOGY CURRICULUM

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to prepare students to critically apply the science of psychology to understand themselves and others in a diverse and dynamic world.

The Psychology Program strives to provide its students with a thorough foundation in the methodology of contemporary psychology. Students successfully completing the program are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science and are prepared both for graduate study in psychology and related fields, and for career opportunities in psychology and other areas at the bachelor's degree level. The Program offers three tracks—Psychological science, for students pursuing graduate school or careers applying their degree, Premedical Psychology, for students pursuing medical school or graduate training in health, and an interdisciplinary degree in Neuroscience.

In addition to satisfying the goals of the core curriculum, the program of study in psychology is designed to

  1. Prepare students majoring in psychology or neuroscience for either professional employment or further graduate training

  2. Offer courses to students from other disciplines whose curriculum requires them to take courses in psychology.

Students majoring in psychology are offered a well-balanced program that has a central core, plus a sufficient degree of flexibility to allow them to explore their interests and to enter a variety of graduate programs and careers at a competitive level. The rigorous preparation of students majoring in psychology is consistent with the American Psychological Association's Model Curriculum and with the overall University philosophy of academic excellence. The major in psychological science consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours of psychology coursework (33 hours for Premedical Psychology students) with a "C" or better in each course.

It is suggested that all majors take the subject (psychology) portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) during the semester BEFORE the one in which they expect to graduate. Majors who score better than 560 on the advanced GRE are exempt from taking the Departmental Senior Comprehensives, which consist of intensive examinations across all subject areas in psychology.

Students in the Psychology Program are expected to acquire and exhibit the following academic and professional characteristics:

  • Mastery of subject matter across the field of psychology,
  • Competence in written and oral communication skills,
  • Research design and quantitative reasoning skills,
  • Proficiency in critical thinking about mental and behavioral processes, and
  • Poise, self-confidence, and a commitment to ethics in science.

Psychology Pre-Medical Program

The discipline of psychology, in conjunction with the Pre-Medical program at Xavier University, offers its students an alternative route to careers via medical school or the health professions: The Psychology Pre-Medical Program. This program is recommended for those students who want to major in psychology but then attend medical school, perhaps in pursuit of a psychiatric degree, or who are interested in graduate programs in Biological Psychology or Neuroscience. The program is similar to the general psychology curriculum but more heavily emphasizes the natural sciences. It also requires three (3) fewer hours of psychology than does the general program.

Neuroscience Program:

Drawing most heavily on Psychology, the Neuroscience program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students with content knowledge that spans developmental, molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, cognitive, and computational neuroscience. This program prepares students for entry-level employment in a wide variety of fields, or for graduate study in neuroscience or health-related professions. Neuroscience majors complete 27 hours of major coursework with a grade of C or better, a double concentration in Biology (12 hours) and Chemistry (12 hours), and a research project.

Minor in Psychology

Students selecting a minor in psychology must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of courses offered within the Psychology Department at Xavier. PSYC 1010 (Introductory Psychology) is required. Minors may bypass most prerequisites for upper-level courses with permission from the department chair.

Minor in Cognitive Neuroscience:

Neuroscience non-majors may minor in Cognitive Neuroscience by completing 9 hours of required courses (PSYC 1010, NSCI/PSYC 3050, NSCI/PSYC 4050), and 9 hours of approved electives.


PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE PROGRAM:

Students will take a minimum of 36 credit hours of psychology as offered within the Psychology Department, from five different categories of offerings:

CATEGORY 1: Introduction and Basic Sciences: All students must take the following four courses (12 hours).

PSYC 1010

3 hrs

Introductory Psychology (prerequisite for all courses except 1012)

PSYC 2020

3 hrs

Research Methods (prerequisite for 2512)

PSYC 2511

3 hrs

Psychological Statistics (prerequisite for 2512)

PSYC 2512

3 hrs

Advanced Research (prerequisite for all 3000- & 4000-level courses)

CATEGORY 2: Basic Research (Theoretical): Students must take a minimum of 9 hours from among the following:

PSYC 1012

3 hrs

Human Development

PSYC 2070

3 hrs

Comparative Psychology

PSYC 2110

3 hrs

Human Sexuality

PSYC 3010

3 hrs

Social Psychology

PSYC 3030

3 hrs

Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 3050

3 hrs

Physiological Psychology

PSYC 3100

3 hrs

Psychology of Learning

PSYC 4010

3 hrs

Theories of Personality

CATEGORY 3: Applied Research and Clinical: Students must take a minimum of 9 hours from among the following:

PSYC 2050

3 hrs

Health Psychology

PSYC 2500

3 hrs

Positive Psychology

PSYC 3045

3 hrs

Industrial/Organizational

PSYC 3080

3 hrs

Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 3110

3 hrs

Psychotherapies

PSYC 3120

3 hrs

Tests and Measurements

PSYC 4050

3 hrs

Drugs and Behavior

PSYC 4085

3 hrs

Disorders of the Brain

PSYC 4095

3 hrs

Forensic Psychology

PSYC 4398

3 hrs

Fieldwork Practicum I

PSYC 4399

3 hrs

Fieldwork Practicum II

CATEGORY 4: Special and Advanced Topics: Students must take a minimum of 3 hours from among the following:

PSYC 2080

3 hrs

Writing in Psychology

PSYC 3035

3 hrs

Psychology of Gender

PSYC 3041

3 hrs

Black Psychology

PSYC 4000S

3 hrs

Seminar

PSYC 4030

3 hrs

Group Dynamics

PSYC 4060

3 hrs

Cultural Psychology

PSYC 4070

3 hrs

Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice

PSYC 4011-13

1-3 hrs

Independent Study (Offered only as needed)

CATEGORY 5: Capstone Experience: Students take 3 hours.

PSYC 4996

3

Historical/Applied Perspectives in Psychology

 

PSYCHOLOGY PREMEDICAL PROGRAM:

Students will take a minimum of 33 credit hours of psychology, from five different categories of offerings within the Psychology Department:

CATEGORY 1: Introduction and Basic Sciences: All students must take the following three courses (9 hours).

PSYC 1010

3 hrs

Introductory Psychology (prerequisite for all courses except 1012)

PSYC 2020

3 hrs

Research Methods (prerequisite for 2512)

PSYC 2512

3 hrs

Advanced Research (prerequisite for all 3000- & 4000-level courses)

CATEGORY 2: Basic Research (Theoretical): Students must take 9 hours from among the following:

PSYC 1012

3 hrs

Human Development

PSYC 2070

3 hrs

Comparative Psychology

PSYC 2110

3 hrs

Human Sexuality

PSYC 3010

3 hrs

Social Psychology

PSYC 3030

3 hrs

Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 3050

3 hrs

Physiological Psychology

PSYC 3100

3 hrs

Psychology of Learning

PSYC 4010

3 hrs

Theories of Personality

CATEGORY 3: Applied Research and Clinical: Students must take 9 hours from among the following:

PSYC 2050

3 hrs

Health Psychology

PSYC 2500

3 hrs

Positive Psychology

PSYC 3045

3 hrs

Industrial/Organizational

PSYC 3080

3 hrs

Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 3110

3 hrs

Psychotherapies

PSYC 3120

3 hrs

Tests and Measurements

PSYC 4050

3 hrs

Drugs and Behavior

PSYC 4085

3 hrs

Disorders of the Brain

PSYC 4095

3 hrs

Forensic Psychology

PSYC 4398

3 hrs

Fieldwork Practicum I

PSYC 4399

3 hrs

Fieldwork Practicum II

CATEGORY 4: Special and Advanced Topics: Students must take 3 hours from among the following:

PSYC 2080

3 hrs

Writing in Psychology

PSYC 3035

3 hrs

Psychology of Gender

PSYC 3041

3 hrs

Black Psychology

PSYC 4000S

3 hrs

Seminar

PSYC 4030

3 hrs

Group Dynamics

PSYC 4060

3 hrs

Cultural Psychology

PSYC 4070

3 hrs

Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice

PSYC 4011-13

1-3 hrs

Independent Study (Offered only as needed)

CATEGORY 5: Capstone Experience: Students take 3 hours.

PSYC 4996

3 hrs

Historical/Applied Perspectives in Psychology

For psychology premedical schedule of when to take courses (e.g., first year, second year, etc.) use link: http://catalog.xula.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=3&poid=308

 

PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

For recommended sequences of courses and other curriculum details, visit Xavier's online catalog: Psychological Science, B.S.