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Psychology (BA), 4-Year

Professor Todd Walter mentoring a student in the psychology program

Prepare yourself for a wide range of careers by learning about the human mind and human behavior with a BA degree in Psychology.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors in the US, and for good reason: learning about the mind and behavior while earning your BA in Psychology gives you a solid foundation on which to build a wide range of careers from counseling to education to marketing to research.

D'Youville's Psychology bachelor's degree program will prepare you to understand the various dimensions of the field of psychology through a combination of personalized instruction, hands-on-experiences, and a unique series of professional development seminars that can help you decide where you want your degree to take you after graduation.

Our program offers a unique combination of high-quality instruction from accomplished faculty, practical professional development, and extensive opportunities for real-world experience both in the US and abroad.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Small classes allow for individualized instruction directly from our accomplished faculty, not teaching assistants as is often the norm in larger colleges and universities.
  • You can attend Psychology as a Profession Seminars starting in your sophomore year. These seminars help you explore your career options by providing real-life, practical information about the various career paths you can take with your Psychology degree, and the steps you'll need to take to get there.
  • Our faculty advisors will help you tailor your curriculum to your interests by developing a personalized plan that allows you to study topics from our two dozen psychology elective offerings
  • Once you become a Senior, our extensive internship program will allow you to apply what you've learned and gain the kind of real-world experience employers look for through actual on-the-job experience as an intern.
  • D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Students can gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Arts Psychology Program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Liberal Arts and Science Electives 58
Required Psychology courses 41
Elective Psychology courses 21
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

Psychology courses required by program

PSY-101 General Psychology 3
SOS-201 Social Science Professions I 1
SOS-202 Social Science Professions II 1
SOS-301 Statistics in the Social Science 3
SOS-302 Research Methods in Social Sciences 3
SOS-401 Social Sciences Internship I 4
SOS-402 Senior Seminar I 2
SOS-403 Social Sciences Internship II 4
SOS-404 Senior Seminar II 2
Total Credits 23

Seven additional psychology elective courses are required, with courses chosen from at least four of the following fundamental areas and including at least two courses at the 400-level.

Choose 4 courses each from two of the clusters below:

Development of the Person

PSY-203 Lifespan Development 3
PSY-311 Child Development 3
PSY-312 Adolescent Development 3
PSY-353 Adult Development 3
PSY-414 Language 3
PSY-453 Developmental Psychopathology 3
PHI-214 Challenges of Death 3
RS-315 Spirituality in Human Experience 3
PSY-419 Topics in Development 3
Total Credits 27

Behavioral and Mental Health

PSY-206 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY-314 Health Psychology 3
PSY-356 Theories of Counseling 3
PSY-366 Psychological Testing 3
PSY-411 Clinical Interviewing 3
PSY-456 Behavior Modifications 3
ESS-101 Introduction to Exercise and Sports Studies 3
HAPH-301 Health Behavior 3
PSY-417 Topics in Behavioral and Mental 3
Total Credits 27

Brain and Body

PSY-204 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY-207 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY-344 Animal Behavior 3
PSY-357 Sensation and Perception 3
PSY-454 Drugs and Behavior 3
PSY-457 Learning & Memory 3
BIO-105 Human Biology 4
BIO-105L Human Biology Lab 0
BIO-117 Drugs and Disease 3
PSY-418 Topics in Brain and Body 3
Total Credits 28

Personality

PSY-208 Personality 3
PSY-315 Intelligence 3
PSY-319 Self and Identity 3
PSY-367 Psychology of Consciousness 3
PSY-455 Multicultural Psychology 3
PSY-458 Psychology of Gender 3
PHI-101 Philosophy & the Human Condition 3
BIO-105 Human Biology 4
BIO-105L Human Biology Lab 0
PSY-422 Topics in Personality 3
Total Credits 28

Personal Growth

PSY-212 Personal Growth 3
PSY-316 Close Relationships 3
PSY-317 Emotions and Motivation 3
PSY-368 Stress & Adjustment 3
PSY-412 Goal Setting and Decision Making 3
PSY-425 The Science of Wellbeing 3
PHI-210 Freedom, Death, and Meaning 3
RS-315 Spirituality in Human Experience 3
PSY-421 Topics in Personal Growth 3
Total Credits 27

Law, the Person, and Society

SOC-201 Social Problems 3
PSY-206 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC-301 Deviance and Society 3
PSY-365 Psychology and the Legal System 3
SOC-405 Drugs and Society 3
PSY-413 Criminal Behavior 3
HIS-330 History of Constitutional Law 3
PSY-413 Criminal Behavior 3
HIS-330 History of Constitutional Law 3
PHI-204 Logic and Reasoning 3
PSY-423 Topics in Law, the Person, and Society 3
or SOC-415 Topics in Law, the Person and Society

 Media, the Person, and Society

PSY-205 Social Psychology 3
SOC-202 Media and Society 3
PSY-313 Consumer Behavior 3
SOC-304 Media Literacy 3
PSY-415 Mass Communication 3
SOC-407 Social Media 3
FA-331 Media and Culture 3
PHI-211 Technology and Society 3
PSY-420 Topics in Media, the Person, Society 3
or SOC-416 Topics in Work, the Person and Society
Total Credits 27

 Work, the Person, and Society

PSY-211 Working on a Team 3
SOC-206 Sociology of Work 3
PSY-318 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
PSY-416 Motivation in the Workplace 3
SOC-403 American Labor Movement 3
MGT-304 Communicating in Organizations 3
MGT-350 Leadership 3
PSY-424 Topics in Work, the Person, and Society 3
or SOC-416 Topics in Work, the Person and Society

Careers

Careers

Graduates with degrees in psychology typically pursue one of two career paths: either directly entering the workforce through an entry-level position in a variety of industries or continuing their education through graduate study.

Starting Your Career After Graduation

Graduates interested in starting their careers as soon as they graduate have a wide range of career options to choose from. Options range from from administrative or research assistant positions in academic and community agencies (human services, mental health care settings), vocational rehabilitation offices, medical settings, or legal/correctional institutions.

Graduates also find opportunities in settings, including outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinics, schools, community-based organizations, and public social service agencies. Graduates interested in private-sector business opportunities are also finding increased job opportunities in the rapidly-expanding arena of employee assistance programs.

A sample of job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Alcohol and substance abuse clinician
  • Case Manager/Trainer
  • Channel Account Manager
  • Child Protective Services (CPS)
  • Case Worker and Investigator
  • Commission and Reporting Specialist
  • Day Habilitation Counselor
  • Hospice social worker
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Medical Liaison
  • Pharmacology Research Technician
  • Probation officer
  • Senior Residential Supervisor
  • Skill Builder
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Social Welfare Examiner
  • Surrogate Court Research Clerk
  • Youth Care Professional

Specific jobs in the mental health field include:

  • Activity director
  • Addictions counselor
  • Administrative program assistant
  • Admissions counselor
  • Admissions recruiter
  • Adolescent care worker
  • Therapy aid
  • Group home residential counselor
  • Supportive counselor
  • Adolescent chemical dependency counselor
  • Probation officer
  • Foster care worker
  • Service coordinator
  • Behavior analyst
  • Camp staff director
  • Recreational center group worker
  • Child care counselor
  • Case manager
  • Chemical dependency advocate
  • Child care worker
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Community service coordinator
  • Crime prevention coordinator
  • Daily living aid
  • Applied behavior analysis specialist
  • Director of a day care center
  • Foster home parent
  • Early childhood specialist
  • Group leader
  • Psychiatric center case manager
  • Educational coordinator
  • Youth worker
  • Drug counselor
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Women and children outreach worker
  • Child abuse prevention Instructor
  • Residential service coordinator
  • Therapy aid
  • Independent living specialist
  • Director of human services
  • Group home parent
  • Developmental reading instructor
  • Group home coordinator
  • House parent
  • Neighborhood outreach worker
  • Group home manager
  • Community support counselor
  • Psychology teacher
  • Half-way house worker
  • Adolescent crisis services residential counselor
  • Hotline support counselor
  • Hospital admissions counselor
  • Summer program for youth director
  • Park and recreational director
  • Social services worker
  • Geriatric specialist
  • Child care worker
  • Assistant youth coordinator
  • Individual aid
  • Work program supervisor and trainer

Continuing Your Education with a Graduate Degree

The areas with the potential for the greatest career advancement are likely to be those that require graduate degrees. Your Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from D'Youville will serve as an excellent foundation for graduate study. Indeed, recent alumni surveys have indicated that the success rate of D’Youville Psychology graduates’ admission to professional programs of study (e.g., Psychology, Counseling, Teaching, Healthcare, etc.) is twice that of reported national averages. 

Earning an advanced degree can qualify you for a wide range of professions careers as evidenced by our graduates who have done so. A sample of careers among graduates who have obtained an advanced degree include Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, College Professor, Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, and Nurse just to name a few.

Internships

Internships

An internship will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you've learned in the classroom to the workplace while gaining the kinds of valuable experience employers and graduate programs look for. By directly experiencing day-to-day life in a real-world setting, you'll also have the opportunity to better understand what career path is right for you. Additionally, an internship affords students the opportunity to network with professionals in their field of interest which can be invaluable for helping to secure post-graduate job or academic placement.  

Students in D'Youville's Psychology program are fortunate to not only have a wide range of internship experiences to choose from that can be tailored to their specific career interests, but have the opportunity to participate in two such internships that are integrated into our comprehensive curriculum.

Internship Overview

During your senior year, you'll be required to complete two semesters of internship while also taking the Senior Seminar. You'll complete a minimum of 225 hours of internship each semester or about 15 hours per week of on-the-job experience. You'll have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of experiences that will help you explore your own goals and interests through internship placements at human or social service organizations, forensic and/or legal organizations, research institutions, medical settings, educational institutions, or other types of settings as long as they're approved by D'Youville.

Regardless of where you choose to complete your internship experiences you'll benefit from the knowledge and experience of a committed team of professionals and peers through supervision from those at your internship placement, mentoring from D'Youville faculty, and your fellow students in your co-requisite Senior Seminar. 

Supporting Your Success Through the Senior Seminar

We're committed to your success. One major way we support your success as a student in the Psychology Department at D'Youville is through our Senior Seminar, a course designed to complement and expand on your internship experiences your senior year.

In the Senior Seminar you'll explore professionally-relevant issues such as ethics and legal issues, supervision, cultural diversity, and applying to graduate school as we help you to build your overall professional skills prior to graduation. Through interactions with your peers and your instructor, you'll not only build professional knowledge but you'll also receive the kind of support and encouragement that will help you excel during your internship placement and beyond, after graduation.

Sample Internship Placements

Unlike some institutions where students are required to seek and acquire their own internship opportunities, the faculty of the D'Youville Psychology Program are committed to helping students find internship placements within agencies and settings that are consistent with their career interests and plans.

The following is a list of locations that D'Youville Psychology student interns have been placed in since 2002:

  • Aspire of Western New York
  • Associate Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Avalon Eating Disorder Center
  • Baker Victory Services – Preventative Services
  • Buffalo City hall, Division of Citizen Services
  • Buffalo C.O.U.R.T.S.
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Buffalo Psychiatric Center
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Buffalo Speech and Hearing
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Camp Cradle Beach
  • Charter School of Applied Technology
  • Child & Family Services
  • Cheektowaga Central Schools
  • City of Buffalo, Division of Substance Abuse Services
  • Claddagh Commission, Inc
  • Clean Air Coalition of Western new York
  • Community Services Inc.
  • Compass House
  • Compeer of Western New York
  • Crisis Services
  • D'Youville Admissions Office
  • D'Youville Athletic Department
  • D'Youville Career & Professional Engagement
  • D'Youville Public Relations Department
  • East Aurora Union Free School District
  • Edukids Early Childhood Center
  • Erie County Court Judge – 8th District
  • Erie County Department of Health & Teen Wellness
  • Erie County Department of Probation
  • Erie County District Attorney's Office
  • Erie County Family Court
  • Erie County Forensic Mental Health
  • Escuela Secundaria Ángel María Herrera (Panama)
  • Frontier Central Public Schools
  • Gateway-Longview, Inc.
  • Greenfield Continuing Care Community
  • Hillside Family Agencies
  •  Holland Central School District
  • Horizon Health Services
  • Jericho Community Health Center
  • Kaleida Addictions Center
  • Kaleida Health Occupational Therapy
  • Key Resource Group, LLP
  • Kids Peace
  • Lakeshore Behavioral Health
  • Lackawanna Drug Treatment Court
  • Lancaster Central Schools
  • Lewiston-Porter Central Schools
  • Lockport Central Schools
  • Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc.
  • Moving Miracles
  • Newfane Central Schools
  • Native American Magnet School
  • New Frontiers in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • New York State Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Fraud Division
  • Niagara Falls Public Schools
  • Niagara Wheatfield Public Schools
  • North Tonawanda Public Schools
  • The Partnership, Ltd.
  • People Inc.
  • Research Center for Children & Youth (SUNY)
  • Research Institute on Addictions
  • Research Internships with Faculty at D’Youville and other Institutions
  • Rochester-Henrietta Central Schools
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Seneca Nation Clerks' Office
  • Sisters Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Snelling Personnel
  • SPCA
  • University of San Diego, Department of Psychology
  • West Seneca Public Schools
  • Western New York Child Psychiatric Center
  • Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office
  • Wheatfield Pediatrics
  • Women & Children's Hospital Early Childhood Program
  • YWCA Transitional Housing Program

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.33

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

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