Fascinated by human behavior? Experience the dynamic major of psychology at Ave Maria University. Teachers and students reflect on the relation between the theories of the mind and the understanding of the human person supported by Catholic theology.
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Psychology Program Mission Statement
The Psychology program seeks to acquire and impart knowledge about the human psyche in terms of both mental processes and human action. To impart this knowledge, the program grounds students in the foundational areas and methodologies proper to the discipline of psychology. Recognizing the overall unity of truth, the study of psychology is carried out in conversation with philosophical and theological insights into the human person. Teachers and students reflect on the relation between the theories of human behavior as hitherto developed by psychology and the understanding of the human person in the perennial philosophy and Catholic theology: philosophical wisdom provides a normative standard of judgment concerning the human person; theology completes this wisdom in an explicitly Christ-centered vision. Students develop an understanding of research methodology within the field of psychology to prepare for graduate and professional study in a number of disciplines. High-achieving students will be expected to conduct original research and present their findings.
Required Major Courses
- PSYC 201 Principles of General Psychology
- PSYC 205 Foundations of Psychology as a Human Science
- PSYC 230 Statistics for the Social Sciences
- PSYC 301 Human Development and Learning
- PSYC 305 Research Methods and Design
- PSYC 317 Psychopathology
- PSYC 325 Cognitive Neuroscience
- PSYC 490 History & Systems of Psychology: Senior Seminar or PSYC 495 Senior Internship*
Elective Major Courses (two required):
See course descriptions below.
THEO 409 Christian Marriage is cross-listed as a Psychology elective.
Minor in Psychology
A Minor in Psychology is available. The Minor requires PSYC 201, 205, 230, 301 and two Psychology electives.
To view a complete 4 year plan please see the Academic Catalogue