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 a 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. The Psychology major is flexible in allowing students to pursue their individual goals in psychology, all the while allowing students to develop a strong foundation in psychological principles. Students are also required to complete an internship which is facilitated by our Experiential Learning office.

Program Highlights

Program Requirements

The Psychology program provides students with the ability to customize the major to their interests with 6 psychology electives.  Psychology majors develop a strong foundation in psychology. The required classes for the major include:

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110)
  • Bioethics (PHIL 205)
  • Child & Adolescent Development (PSYC 206)
  • Scientific Writing (PSYC 211)
  • Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 311)
  • Behavior Modification (PSYC 333)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 345)
  • Research Methods (PSYC 322)
  • Physiological Psychology (PSYC 305)
  • Social Psychology (PSYC 343)
  • Internship in Psychology (PSYC 350/351)
  • Junior Seminar in Psychology (PSYC 352)
  • Senior Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Psychology (PSYC 431)

Psychology Elective Options (6 required for the psychology major)*

  • Developmental Psychopathology (PSYC 357)
  • Psychological Assessment (PSYC 425)
  • Addictions (PSYC 220)
  • Adult Development and Aging (PSYC 207)
  • Introduction to Clinical Applications (PSYC 356)
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (PSYC 354)
  • Behavioral Applications in Autism Spectrum Disorders (PSYC 355)
  • Sensation and Perception (PSYC 331)
  • Loss and Grief (PSYC 342)
  • Psychology of Health and Illness (PSYC 212)
  • Research Practicum I & II (PSYC 450/451)
  • Theories of Personality (PSYC 346)
  • Globalization (PSYC 318)
  • Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 332)
  • Gender Issues (PSYC 210)
  • Industrial & Organizational Psychology (PSYC 215)
  • Family Violence (PSYC 341)
  • Advanced Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Science (PSYC 433)
  • Internship II (PSYC 351)

* A maximum of 3 courses at the 200 level.

Minors

Many Psychology students choose to minor in Childhood Studies, Mental Health Services, Gerontology, Sociology, or Criminal Justice to add a unique and tailored perspective to their degree.

  • The Mental Health Services Minor 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 enrolled in this minor have additional courses that have clinical components, such as Introduction to Clinical Applications, Developmental Psychopathology,  Addictions, Loss and Grief, Psychology of Health and Illness, Internship and Psychological Assessment.
  • The Gerontology Minor provides an opportunity for the multidisciplinary study of the biological, psychological, and social/policy aspects of aging over the life course. The minor helps prepare students from any major to work with older adults in a number of professional settings, including human service, counseling, health care, and business settings. Students who complete this minor take courses in psychology, sociology and criminal justice, including courses such as Aging in America, Adult Development and Aging, Loss and Grief, and Psychology of Health and Illness, among others.
  • The Childhood Studies Minor is designed to provide an opportunity for specialization for those students who wish to work in fields related to child development following graduation. This minor may be an optimal choice for those students who wish to pursue jobs and graduate programs in school psychology, therapeutic support staff positions, applied behavior analysis, and other jobs and programs that integrate mental health and development. Students who enroll in this minor have additional courses that have clinical components, such as Developmental Psychopathology, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Applications in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Family Violence, Internship, and Marriage and the Family.

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. What are our students saying about the 4+2 program? See our student testimonials on the right for more information!

Internships and Research Opportunities

Psychology students have the opportunity to gain experience outside of the classroom by participating in our Experiential Learning program at a site off campus. Psychology majors have the opportunity to complete an internship. 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. Some of the companies our students have worked with for their internship include:

  • Livengrin Counseling Center
  • ESF Summer Camp
  • Compassionate Care Hospice
  • Better Homes of American Heritage Realtors
  • Milestone Behavioral Health
  • Center for Families and Relationships
  • No Longer Bound Prevention Services
  • ARC of West Chester
  • Libertae
  • Northeast Treatment Centers
  • John Hancock School
  • SPIN
  • PATH
  • Young Achievers Learning Center
  • FMV (Families of Murder Victims)
  • Penn Vet Working Dog Center
  • Trevose Day School

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.

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 Reseach
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Social Policy Research
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Research Coordinator

Do you want to learn more about research opportunities or the psychology program? Contact one of the psychology faculty members! Are you transferring with an Associate’s Degree? If so please visit the Community Bridge page!