Psychology (major)

What you will study

The Alverno Psychology Department has organized its courses and experiences to develop student mastery of concepts, theory, and methods of psychology. Beginning students learn how to observe behavior scientifically and understand basic concepts and theories in psychology. Intermediate students are introduced to practicum experiences in client care and research design. These require an understanding of various psychological theories and frameworks in which to base decision making. Advanced students learn to integrate theory and experience in sophisticated attempts to understand the complexity of human behavior.

Psychological perspectives, such as developmental, cognitive, physiological, environmental, cross-cultural, and psychopathological, serve as foundations for individual courses. These courses become analytical tools in the study of complex psychological issues. You learn to apply both scientific methodology and psychological theory in situations encountered in actual professional settings.

Psychology Major Beginning
PSY-110Life Span Development4
Psychology Major Intermediate
BSC-255Behavioral Science Research Methods4
PSY-250Abnormal Psychology4
BSC-256Probability & Statistics4
PSY-301Analytic Reading in Psychology4
PSY-302Classic & Contemporary Psychology Theory4
PSY-350Experimental Psychology4
PSY-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
PSY Electives: Take 8 credits of PSY electives8
Psychology Major Advanced
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
PSY-483Advanced Internship Seminar2
PSY-490Clinical Psychology2
or PSY-492 Applied Psychological Science
PSY-491Senior Seminar2

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.