Office: Beatty Hall, Room 220
Chair: Beth A. Kotchick, Associate Professor
Associate Chair: Jeffrey Barnett, Professor
Director, Undergraduate Education: Rachel L. Grover
Director, Undergraduate Field Education: Katie J. Loomis
Director, Undergraduate Professional Development: Patrick LoPresto
Director, Master's Education, Thesis Track: Martin F. Sherman
Professors: Jeffrey Barnett; Faith D. Gilroy (emerita); Jeffrey M. Lating; Martin F. Sherman; Amanda McCombs Thomas
Associate Professors: Carolyn McNamara Barry; David G. Crough (emeritus); Sharon Green-Hennessy; Rachel L. Grover; Matthew W. Kirkhart; Beth A. Kotchick; Charles T. LoPresto; Jen L. Lowry; Heather Z. Lyons; Alison A. Papadakis; Steven A. Sobleman (emeritus)
Assistant Professors: Marianna E. Carlucci; Theresa DiDonato; Frank Golom; Christopher I. Higginson; Michiko Iwasaki; Adanna J. Johnson; Jason Prenoveau
Clinical Faculty: Katie J. Loomis; Tamra A. Shockley
Affiliate Faculty: George S. Everly, Jr.; Patrick LoPresto; Anthony Parente
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The undergraduate program in psychology endorses Loyola's educational mission to "challenge students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world." To that end, courses in the major offer students exposure to many specialty areas of psychology, while providing a solid, broad-based appreciation of the discipline as a whole.
Complementary to the learning aims of the University, graduates of the undergraduate psychology major are expected to demonstrate the following competencies:
Goal 1: Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Goal 2: Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and report findings.
Goal 3: Students will use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, a scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
Goal 4: Students will understand and apply psychological principles to individual, social, and organizational issues.
Goal 5: Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
Goal 6: Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and recognize and understand the complexity of individual and societal diversity.
In accordance with the learning aims of the undergraduate psychology major, students are provided with a unique degree of flexibility in selecting courses from seven required areas to prepare them best for graduate programs or careers of their choice. The following four courses are required for all psychology majors:
In addition, majors choose the specified number of courses from each of the following groups:
Group I: Advanced Topics (choose two)
Group II: Learning and Cognition (choose one)
Group III: Behavioral Neuroscience (choose one)
Group IV: Developmental (choose one)
Group V: Social (choose one)
Group VI: Clinical/Applied (choose one)
Group VII: Culture and Context (choose one)
In addition to the 11 three- and four-credit courses and the one-credit course mentioned above, students are to choose four more courses from any of the groups to serve as psychology electives.
Requirements for a major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:
Note: Psychology Competency Examination is taken this semester.
* Required for major.
** Terms may be interchanged.
An honors option is available to all psychology majors who have a 3.700 GPA in the major and a 3.500 GPA overall. This GPA determination is based upon grades in the student's second to last semester and is contingent upon the approval of the director of undergraduate education. Students will present their seminal project in a professional forum (e.g., Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Colloquium, Psi Chi Induction, professional conference). Moreover, they need to complete one of three possible two-semester sequences listed below in addition to the GPA requirement to earn honors.
Majors intending to pursue graduate studies who achieve a GPA of 3.500 or better become eligible to apply for the department's accelerated B.A.-M.S. thesis track program. This program enables students to take graduate courses during their senior year which count toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Students accepted into the accelerated program take the following graduate courses during their senior year, in addition to the necessary undergraduate courses:
Students enrolled in the accelerated program may count PY746 and PY747 as fulfilling Group I requirements; PY621 as fulfilling a Group VI requirement; and PY620 as fulfilling the PY elective requirement.
If the aforementioned course requirements have been satisfied at the time of enrollment in the accelerated program, the above courses will count as "free electives" toward the graduation requirement for the bachelor's degree. Students are also strongly encouraged to take Advanced Statistics with Computer Applications (PY414) as part of the undergraduate curriculum.
Students with an interest in the accelerated program, who meet the GPA requirement, are encouraged to apply. Candidates are selected based on GPA, letters of reference, GRE scores, and participation in departmental and college activities, such as conducting research or holding an office in Psi Chi. Master's thesis track applications may be obtained from the Loyola website (www.loyola.edu). Applications must be completed by February 1 of the student's junior year. Once the application has been submitted, students should contact the director of master's education, thesis track. Questions should be addressed to the director of master's education, thesis track.
Students may choose psychology as one component of an interdisciplinary major. Eight psychology courses and two cognate courses are required to fulfill the psychology portion of the interdisciplinary major:
Psychology/sociology majors may take SC342/SC343 to fulfill the PY291/PY292 requirement. In this instance, students should select two additional PY courses to fulfill the eight course requirement for the interdisciplinary major. Students interested in pursuing a graduate program in psychology are advised to take PY291/PY292. Those interested in pursuing a graduate program in sociology are advised to take SC342/SC343.
Interdisciplinary majors also take a statistics course (ST110, ST210, or ST265) as a math core requirement, and Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (BL105) or Organismal Biology (BL121) as one of their core natural science requirements (except biology/psychology majors who take a specific set of biology courses, as detailed under Biology). The remainder of the major courses are selected according to the requirements of that discipline, and certain interdisciplinary combinations stipulate courses that must be taken.
The popular combination of biology/psychology is often chosen by those students who would like to eventually pursue medical school, graduate school in health psychology, or a career in research (see requirements under Biology).
In order to be eligible for graduation, all psychology majors must pass the Psychology Competency Examination that measures knowledge in ten areas of psychology. Students are required to sit for the examination in either the spring of the junior year or fall of the senior year (at the latest), assuming a typical eight-semester sequence with May graduation. They must choose one of these two examination times; spring senior year is not an option, and there are no make-up examinations. Students who are studying abroad at the time of testing arrange with the director of undergraduate education in psychology to take the test in the fall of their senior year.
Students who have a disability that is documented with Loyola’s Disability Support Services (DSS) office may request special testing accommodations for the examination. Students should bring a letter from DSS to the director of undergraduate education in psychology at least three weeks prior to the designated testing date to request accommodations.
Interdisciplinary majors must complete four psychology courses prior to the spring of their junior year to be eligible to sit for the examination. Therefore, it is highly recommended that interdisciplinary majors work with their advisors early in their careers to ensure that they have completed their coursework in order to take the examination in a timely manner. Interdisciplinary majors' scores are assessed individually.
A passing score is deemed as a score of at least 300 or better on each subject area. Students whose scores fall below 300 (two standard deviations below the national mean) in any area, are required to meet with the director of undergraduate education in psychology to determine the appropriate remediation to be completed before being eligible to apply for graduation. Possible remediation may include, but is not limited to: taking a course in the subject area of difficulty or independently studying material in the designated area and successfully completing a psychology department-administered multiple choice examination.
Students whose scores are above 600 (one standard deviation above the national mean) will be recognized as passing the examination with distinction, and those with scores above 700 (two standard deviations above the national mean) will be recognized as passing with great distinction.