Psychology

Holy Family is proud to offer students a highly supportive learning environment that values their personal and professional goals. Students in our Psychology program thrive in our small yet challenging learning environment. At Holy Family University, we believe that providing opportunities for hands-on experience beyond the classroom should be a key component of your college education.

At Holy Family University, the Psychology major examines the scientific study of the brain and behavior. Psychology has many subfields that include biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. The Psychology program at Holy Family University affords students the opportunity to examine these areas in our extensive course offerings. In addition, students can also choose from one of three tracks (General, Mental Health Services, and Research) to highlight their particular interest.

Program Highlights

Minors to Complement the Psychology Major. Many Psychology students choose to minor in Childhood Studies, Sociology, or Criminal Justice to add a unique and tailored perspective to their degree.

Unique Partnerships to Continue on to Graduate Studies. The Psychology program at Holy Family University has a unique partnership with two graduate degree programs, the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (4+2) and Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice (4+1). Students are eligible to apply for these programs in their junior year (spring semester) and begin taking graduate courses that summer and throughout their senior year. After completing their undergraduate degree in psychology, students then move on to complete their graduate program. The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology requires only two additional years (6 years total for undergraduate and graduate coursework) and the Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice only one additional year (5 years total for undergraduate and graduate coursework) following the completion of the undergraduate degree in psychology.

Internships. Psychology majors in any of the three tracks have the opportunity to complete an internship. Students in the Mental Health Services Track are required to complete an internship; however, those in the General and Research Tracks may take the internship course as an elective. This hands-on experience outside of the classroom provides valuable information for students in the field. For more information on internships, see the Internships and Research Opportunities below.

Major Coursework

Students who pursue a psychology degree have the opportunity to choose from one of three tracks: General, Mental Health Services, or Research. Though each of these programs is uniquely tailored to their respective sub-fields, all psychology majors across all three tracks take core courses to develop a strong foundation in psychology. These courses include:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Research Methods
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
Choose One of Three Tracks
  • The General Track in Psychology serves to provide students with a strong foundation in psychology to prepare them for various careers and graduate programs. Students take core courses in psychology to build a strong interdisciplinary background in the major over their first two to three years. In the junior and senior years, students have the opportunity to take electives to explore other areas of interest.
  • The Mental Health Services Track is designed to provide an opportunity for specialization for those students who wish to work in hands-on mental health positions following graduation. Students may work with children or adults in inpatient, outpatient, or residential treatment settings. Students in this track take additional courses that have clinical components, such as Introduction to Counseling, Addictions, and Psychology of the Exceptional Child. Moreover, those who pursue the Mental Health Services Track are required to complete an internship.
  • The Research Track is designed for students wishing to pursue graduate study following the completion of the baccalaureate degree. Students in this track take additional courses related to methodology and research such as Tests and Measures and Advanced Research for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Similar to the General track, students in the Research Track are given the flexibility to explore their interests with electives in their junior and senior years.
What Can You Do With This Major?

Students who have majored in Psychology have found jobs at psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, and schools, whereas others have gone on to pursue graduate degrees. Students who choose to pursue a degree in Psychology have the ability to enter careers or graduate programs in the following areas:

  • Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • ABA Counselor
  • Family Therapy
  • Teacher's Assistant
  • Education
  • Early Childhood Behavioral Specialist
  • School Psychology
  • School Counselor
  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Forensic Examiner
  • Correctional Psychology
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Occupational or Physical Therapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Human Resources
  • Human Factor Psychology
  • Scientific Writing
  • Advertising
  • Real Estate
  • Public Relations
  • Market Research
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Social Policy Research
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Research Coordinator
Internships and Research Opportunities

Psychology students have the opportunity to gain experience outside of the classroom by participating in our co-op/internship program at a site off campus or through research with our faculty. Some of the companies our students have worked with for their internship include:

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Equilibria Psychological & Consultation Services
  • Livengren Counseling Center
  • Lovaas Institute for Children
  • SPIN
  • Northeast Treatment Centers
  • National Adoption Center
  • Back on My Feet
  • Compassionate Care Hospice
  • Nazareth Academy High School Guidance Department
  • Woods Services

In addition, students who conduct research with faculty have the opportunity to present their work at Holy Family’s Scholar’s Week (held in April each year), as well as the SEPCHE Honors Conference (held each spring) and at national and international conferences such as the Eastern Psychological Association or the Association for Psychological Science.

Do you want to learn more about research opportunities or the psychology program? Contact one of the psychology faculty members!