Advisement Tracks in Psychology


The Westminster psychology major is designed to prepare students with diverse interests and ambitions for careers and graduate programs in psychology and related fields. Completing the required courses, senior studies work, and internship experiences provide students with the background needed to begin careers at the bachelor’s level as well as the background needed to enter graduate and professional programs. The psychology faculty is the best source of advise for tailoring an optimal curriculum for each individual, however, some students with particular interests find it useful to have guidelines to help them select and sequence courses within the major. The following advisement tracks can assist students in selecting and sequencing options among the required and elective courses within the psychology major.


 

The Developmental Psychology Track:

This track focuses on courses in human development, and especially in child development.  Potential career directions for people prepared in developmental psychology include  early childhood interventions, juvenile rehabilitation, speech therapy and education support. This track prepares students for the advanced training that is required to practice as a child psychologist, school psychologist or speech therapist. Students who wish to teach in public school must be certified to do so either through undergraduate teacher preparation (Education Major) or through a post graduate teacher certification program.

Clinical/Counseling Psychology Track:

This track prepares students for post-graduate training in clinical or counseling psychology, social work, and supervised therapy settings. Students who begin work immediately following graduation are employed in group homes, day treatment facilities, hospitals and community agencies. Advanced training is required for the private practice of Psychology.

Social/Organizational Psychology Track:

Students who wish to work in business, personnel, public relations or social service administration should take the courses in this track. It also prepares students well for graduate study in social psychology, the Masters of Business Administration, or law school. Students who are interested in combining psychology and business courses should consider the interdisciplinary major Psychology-Human Resources.

Research/Experimental Psychology Track:

This track is recommended for students who are interested in the science of psychology. Graduates are employed in research laboratories, medical and educational settings, and web development companies. This track prepares students well for graduate training in a variety of areas of psychology and employment that requires the application of psychology. Students specifically interested in cognitive neuroscience should consider the interdisciplinary Neuroscience major. Students who choose psychology as a preparation for medical school should follow this advising track with some additional natural and physical science courses or the Neuroscience major.

Developmental Psychology Track
 
Required Course Options Optimal Time to Schedule
Psy 301 - Psychological Assessment (with lab) Third or Fourth Year / Spring
Psy 633 / 634- Developmental Research I and II Third Year / Spring and Fourth Year / Fall
 
Suggested Elective Courses  
Psy 221 - Childhood and Adolescence OR Psy 222 Cluster First Year - Spring or Second Year
Psy 271 - Behavior Modification Second or Third Year
Psy 291 - Adulthood and Aging Second or Third Year
Psy 411 - Exceptional Children Third or Fourth Year
 
Other Recommended Courses  
Edu 201 - Foundations of Education  
Psy 231 - Educational Psychology   
Soc 201 - Juvenile Delinquency  
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Clinical/Counseling Psychology Track
 
Required Course Options Optimal Time to Schedule
Psy 281 - Principles of Learning Second or Third Year / Fall
Psy 301 - Psychological Assessment (with lab) Third or Fourth Year / Spring
Psy 631 /632 - Applied Psychology Research I and II Third Year / Spring and Fourth Year / Fall
 
Suggested Elective Courses  
Psy 271 - Behavior Modification Second or Third Year
Psy 341 - Behavioral Neuroscience (with lab) Third or Fourth Year
Psy 401 - Abnormal Third or Fourth Year
Psy 421 - Clinical Psychology (with lab) Fourth Year
Interests in working children:  
Psy 221 – Child and Adol. OR Psy 222 Cluster Second or Third Year
Psy 411 - Exceptional Children Third or Fourth Year
Interests in working with adults:  
Psy 291 - Adulthood and Aging Second or Third Year
Psy 311 - Psychology of Personality Third or Fourth Year
 
Other Recommended Courses  
Psy 231 - Educational Psychology  
Soc 102 - Deviance  
Soc 201 - Juvenile Delinquency  
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Social/Organizational Psychology Track
 
Required Course Options Optimal Time to Schedule
Psy 321 - Social Psychology (with lab) Third or Fourth Year / Spring
Psy 351 - Cognition Second or Third Year / Spring
Psy 635/636 - Social Psychology Research I and II Third Year / Spring and Fourth Year / Fall
 
Suggested Elective Courses  
Psy 211 - Motivation First Year - Spring or Second Year
Psy 241 - Organizational First Year - Spring or Second Year
Psy 301 - Psychological Assessment (with lab) Third or Fourth Year / Spring
Psy 311 - Psychology of Personality Third or Fourth Year
 
Other Recommended Courses  
Acc 201 - Principles of Accounting  
BA 140 - The American Workplace  
Soc 305 - Sociology of Organizations  
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Research/Experimental Track
 
Required Course Options Optimal Time to Schedule
Psy 281 - Principles of Learning Second or Third Year / Fall
Psy 321 - Social Psychology (with lab) Third or Fourth Year / Spring
Psy 635/636 – Soc. Psych. Research I and II
OR
Psy 639/640 - Experimental Personality Research I and II
Third Year / Spring and Fourth Year / Fall
 
Suggested Elective Courses  
Psy 311 - Psychology of Personality Third Year
Psy 341- Behavioral Neuroscience (with lab) Third or Fourth Year / Spring
Psy 351- Cognition Third or Fourth Year / Spring
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