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 two tracks—General Psychology, for students pursuing graduate school or careers applying their degree, and Premedical Psychology, for students pursuing medical school or graduate training in health and neuroscience fields, or careers in related areas at the bachelor’s level.

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 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 psychology consists of a minimum of 42 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:

  1. Mastery of subject matter across the field of psychology,
  2. Competence in written and oral communication skills,
  3. Research design and quantitative reasoning skills,
  4. Proficiency in critical thinking about mental and behavioral processes, and
  5. 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 nine (9) fewer hours of psychology than does the general program.

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.

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM:

Students will take a minimum of 42 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 3025

3 hrs

Adult Development and Aging

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

Psychopharmacology

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 3200L

1 hrs

Psychology Laboratory

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

IN ADDITION to the hours indicated above, students must take 6 more hours of “general psychology electives” selected from CATEGORIES 2, 3, or 4. Unless transferred in from another institution, these general psychology electives must be taught by the psychology department.

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 3025

3 hrs

Adult Development and Aging

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

Psychopharmacology

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 3200L

1 hrs

Psychology Laboratory

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

NOTE: Premedical psychology students are not required to take any “general psychology electives”.

PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY (GENERAL)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Semester Hours

1st

2nd

Semester

Semester

PSYC 1010-2020/2511

3

6

Introductory/Research Methods/

Psychological Statistics

Communication Studies

3

Essential Core

ENGL 1000/1010-1020

3

3

English Composition

CPSC 1005

3

Intro. To PCs and Software Apps.

Philosophy

3

Essential Core

Freshman Seminar

1

1

First Year Experience

History

3

Essential Core

Mathematics

3

Fundamental Core

Physical Education (activity course)

1

Essential Core

 

16

17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

PSYC 2512/Choice *

3

6

Advanced Research/Choices I & II

World Language

3

3

Fundamental Core

ENGL 2010

3

Essential Core

Fine Arts

3

Essential Core

African American Studies

3

Essential Core

Natural Science (with lab)

3

Fundamental Core

Theology

3

3

Essential Core

18

15

JUNIOR YEAR

PSYC Choice * **

6

6

Choices III, IV, V, & VI

Expansive Core

3

Expansive Core

PHIL 2040 or 2400

3

Logic or Health Ethics

Minor

3

6

Free Electives

3

15

15

SENIOR YEAR

PSYC Choice ***

3

Choice VII

PSYC Elective

6

PSYC 4996

3

Capstone: Hist./Appl. Perspectives

PSYC 4999

0

Senior Comprehensives

Expansive Core

3

Expansive Core

Minor

6

3

Free Electives

3

5

15

17

* Category 2

** Category 3

*** Category 4; courses need not be taken in category order.

SUMMARY: PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY (GENERAL)

Fundamental Core

18

English Composition (6, ENGL 1000/1010, ENGL 1020), Mathematics (3), Natural Science (3), World Language (6)

Essential Core

36

First Year Experience (2), African American Studies (3), Communication (3), Fine Arts (3), History (3), Philosophy (6, including either PHIL 2040 or PHIL 2400), Physical Education (1, activity course), Natural Science (3, CPSC 1005), Social Science (3, PSYC 1010), Theology (6), World Literature (3, ENGL 2010)

Expansive Core

6

Major

39

PSYC 2020 (3), PSYC 2511 (3), PSYC 2512 (3), PSYC Category II (9), PSYC Category III (9), PSYC Category IV (3), PSYC Category V (3), PSYC electives (6), PSYC 4999 (0)

Minor

18

Free Electives

11

Total Hours

128

PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY (PRE-MEDICAL)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Semester Hours

1st

2nd

Semester

Semester

PSYC 1010-2020

3

3

Essential Core/Research Methods

CHEM 1010/1010D/1011L-
CHEM 1020/1020D/1021L

4

4

General Chemistry I (Fundamental Core)-II

ENGL 1000/1010-1020

3

3

Fundamental Core

Physical Education (activity course)

1

Essential Core

Communication Studies

3

Essential Core

Freshman Seminar

1

1

First Year Experience

MATH 1030/1070-1020

4

3

Fundamental/Expansive Core

16

17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

PSYC 2512 – Choice *

3

3

Advanced Research/Choice I

BIOL 1230/1230L-BIOL 1240/1240L

4

4

General Biology I-II

CHEM 2210/2210D/2230L-
CHEM 2220/2220D/2240L

4

4

Organic Chemistry I-II

World Language

3

3

Fundamental Core

ENGL 2010

3

Essential Core

Philosophy

3

Essential Core

17

17

JUNIOR YEAR

PSYC Choice *

3

3

Choices II & III

CHEM 3130/L

4

Biochemistry

BIOL 3110/L-3350/L

4

4

Genetics/Physiology

PHYS 2010/2010L-2020/2020L

4

4

General Physics

Theology

3

Essential Core

African American Studies

3

Essential Core

18

14

SENIOR YEAR

PSYC ** ***

6

6

Choices IV, V, VI, & VII

PSYC 4996

3

Capstone: Hist./Appl. Perspectives

PSYC 4999

0

Senior Comprehensives

Expansive Core

3

Expansive Core

Fine Arts

3

Essential Core

PHIL 2040 or 2400

3

Logic or Health Ethics

Theology

3

Essential Core

History

3

Essential Core

15

15

* Category 2

** Category 3

*** Category 4; courses need not be taken in category order.

Psychology majors intending to go to medical school are also strongly encouraged to take BIOL 3162/3162L, 4111/4111L, and/or BIOL 4091/4091L, when possible.

SUMMARY: PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY (PRE-MEDICAL)

Fundamental Core

19

English Composition (6, ENGL 1000/1010, ENGL 1020), Mathematics (3, MATH 1020), Natural Science (3, CHEM 1010), World Language (6)

Essential Core

36

First Year Experience (2), African American Studies (3), Communication (3), Fine Arts (3), History (3), Philosophy (6, including either PHIL 2040 or PHIL 2400), Physical Education (1, activity course), Natural Science (3, CHEM 1020), Social Science (3, PSYC 1010), Theology (6), World Literature (3, ENGL 2010)

Expansive Core (inc. MATH 1020)

6

Major and Additional Premed Requirements

48

PSYC 2020 (3), PSYC 2512 (3), PSYC Category II (9), PSYC Category III (9), PSYC Category IV (3), PSYC Category V (3, Capstone), PSYC 4999 (0); BIOL 1230L (1), BIOL 1240L (1), BIOL 3110/L (4), 3350/L (4) PHYS 2010/2010L (4), PHYS 2020/2020L (4)

Minor

20

CHEM 1010/1010D/1011L (4), CHEM 1020/1020D/1021L (4), CHEM 2210/2210D/2230L (4), CHEM 2220/2220D/2240L (4), CHEM 3130/L (4)

Total Hours

129