Learning about how drugs affect the brain, and how best to treat depression. Designing a research study to determine how people with tattoos are perceived, or how people are affected by social rejection. Helping victims of domestic violence, homeless women, or children with autism. Studying sports psychology in London or environmental psychology in Australia. Spending the summer working with a faculty member as part of the Summer Research Fellowship Program. These are just some of the many experiences you can have as a Psychology major at Misericordia University.

The Psychology Department offers both a major and minor in psychology. Students who complete all major requirements receive a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Psychology. Since our department and class sizes are small, faculty will get to know you and provide you with individualized attention and mentoring.

Kelly B. Filipkowski, Ph.D., working with student research assistants

Kelly B. Filipkowski, Ph.D., working with student research assistants, is attempting to understand if people who are ostracized in-person experience different psychological and physiological responses than those who are ostracized online.


The Psychology Department at Misericordia is committed to excellence in undergraduate education in psychology. We seek to develop students that have the knowledge and skills essential for graduate study and/or post-graduate employment. Affirming the importance of experiential learning, we offer opportunities for student research, service learning, practica (internships), and extracurricular activities related to psychology. Our faculty are dedicated teachers and mentors, and we develop close relationships with students, both in and out of the classroom.

Overview and Highlights

  • Our Curriculum, based on *American Psychological Association guidelines, provides a basic foundation in the content and methods of psychology while allowing the flexibility to pursue your unique interest, including minors, specializations, and study abroad.
  • Career preparation courses help you identify career goals and plan for graduate study or diverse employment opportunities.
  • "Real word" experience is required- you will complete a practicum (internship) as part of your major.
  • Research opportunities are available- you can participate in a group, independent, and/or faculty-led project.
  • A Mental Health Interventions Specialization (Child or Adult focus) provides integrated coursework that prepares you or human services positions or clinically-focused graduate programs.
  • Experienced faculty are experts in their field of study.
  • Small interactive classes focus not only on content but on writing skills, speaking skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, research skills, and cultural competency.

*The American Psychological Association (APA) is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 117,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Major Requirements

Our curriculum is designed to insure that graduating students are well prepared for both post-graduate employment and for graduate study in psychology or related disciplines.

Since the field of psychology is exceedingly diverse and career options within the field are numerous, we provide students with a solid background in the methods, theories, and content of the discipline of psychology, while also allowing them the flexibility to tailor a program of study that best meets their individual interests and career goals. All students are expected to develop essential skills in: critical thinking, writing, oral communication, research, and cultural competency.


Required Cognate: SOC 221 Cultural Minorities (3 credits)

Required Psychology Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 101

Introductory Seminar 1
PSY 200 Career Seminar 2
PSY 285 Communication Skills 3
PSY 232 Advanced Research Methods 3
PSY 475 Practicum 3
PSY 490 Independent Research 3
PSY 480 Advanced Seminar (take 1)
  • PSY 480A Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
  • PSY 480B Controversies in Psychology
  • PSY 480C Social Exclusion
  • PSY 480D Positive Psychology


Biological/Cognitive Psychology (10 credits)

Course Number

Course Name

PSY 301

Cognitive Psychology


PSY 303

Biological Psychology

One Biological/Cognitive Elective

See full list of electives on the curriculum checklist 3-4

Social/Developmental Psychology (9 credits)

PSY 275 Child & Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 277 Adult Development & Aging 3
PSY 250 Social Psychology 3
One Social/Developmental Elective

See full list of electives on the curriculum checklist


Clinical/Counseling Psychology (6 total credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 290 Psychopathology

PSY 332

Child Psychopathology

One Clinical/Counseling Elective

See full list of electives on the curriculum checklist 3

Students must also take a minimum of 26 free elective credits, which allow them to complete courses, minors, specializations, and/or certificate programs that are consistent with their interests and career goals. For example, students might elect to complete our Mental Health Interventions Specialization (which includes both Child and Adult tracks), a minor in Gerontology, or get a Certificate in Addictions Counseling.

View a full list of Psychology courses and descriptions.

Mental Health Interventions Specialization

Psychology majors can elect to complete a 21-credit specialization in Mental Health Interventions (with a Child or Adult focus or both). This program reflects students' mastery of normal and abnormal processes surrounding mental health disorders and their treatment. Both the adult and child tracks include coursework on normal development, psychopathology and interventions for psychological disorders.

Mental Health Interventions Specialization- Child Focus

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 305 Psychopharmacology

PSY 315

Psychological Assessment

PSY 275

Child and Adolescent Psychology

PSY 332

Child Psychopathology

PSY 455

Child Interventions


Mental Health Interventions Specialization- Adult Focus

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 305


PSY 315

Psychological Assessment

PSY 277

Adult Development and Aging

PSY 290


PSY 452

Counseling and Psychotherapy


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Minor Requirements

A total of 18 credits is required to minor in Psychology.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 123 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 232 Research Methods 3
One of the following:
PSY 301 Cognitive Psychology 4
PSY 303 Biological Psychology 3
One of the following:
PSY 250 Social Psychology 3
PSY 275 Child & Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 290 Psychopathology 3
PSY 450 Personality 3

Two additional Psychology electives (6 credits)

Curriculum Checklists

Careers in Psychology

The undergraduate degree in Psychology is excellent preparation for a variety of different careers. The following post-graduation career choices are common among our students:

Entry-level mental health/human services position (i.e., mental health worker, substance abuse counselor, preschool teacher, victims advocate; many students in these positions eventually seek a graduate degree)

Entry-level positions outside of mental health/human services for which psychology is a good background (i.e., management trainee, market researcher, human resources professional, law enforcement officer, college admissions counselor, coach)

Opportunities for students with a BS in Psychology

Psychiatric AideProbation/parole Officer
Residential Youth CounselorGroup Home Director
Day Care Center SupervisorTherapeutic Staff Support Worker
Activities/recreation DirectorVocational/employment Counselor
Volunteer Services DirectorSubstance Abuse Counselor
Child Protection WorkerCorrections Officer
Research AssistantPreschool Teacher
Admissions OfficerMilitary Mental Health Specialist
Human Resources SpecialistCaseworker
Child Development SpecialistCommunity Outreach Worker
Market Research AnalystSocial Services Aide
Victim's AdvocateVeterans Counselor

Graduate study in psychology (prepares students for careers as counselors, psychologists, or professors)

Graduate study in other fields (prepares students for careers in law, medicine, or business)

Opportunities for students with an Advance Psychology Degree

Mental Health CounselorMarriage and Family Counselor
Community CounselorClinical Psychologist
Health PsychologistGuidance Counselor
School PsychologistChild Psychologist
Industrial/Organizational PsychologistClinical Social Worker
NeuroscientistCollege/University Professor
Forensic PsychologistPsychiatrist
PsychotherapistRehabilitation Psychologist

Admission Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Psychology program as a freshman student are:
  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18
Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

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