Psychology

Major/Minor

The Psychology program explores the social and biological bases of behavior and the normal and abnormal functioning of personality with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and gender. The curriculum incorporates industry tools such as the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and requires the use of APA Style. It is designed to develop critical thinkers skilled in communicating orally and in writing.

Program Locations

Available Majors

  • Psychology

Available Minors

  • Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology

Additional Study Options

Faculty

Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the psychology major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor. It is recommended that students complete MAT- 215 and PSY-210 by their sophomore year.

Fall Spring
First Year

PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology

4

100/200-level Psychology

3

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

MAT-215 Basic Statistics

3

General Education

9

General Education/Electives

9

[16 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 
Second Year

PSY-205

3-4

200-level PSY course

3-4

PSY-210 Research Methods I

4

Upper Level Research Course

4

General Education/Electives

9

General Education/Electives

6

[16-17 credits]

 

[13-14 credits]

 
Third Year

PSY courses

6-7

300-level PSY course

3-4

PSY-463 or PSY-464

3

300-level PSY course

3-4

General Education/Electives

6

PSY-461 Practicum (option)

4

[15-16 credits]

 

General Education/Electives

6

   

[16-18 credits]

 
Fourth Year

PSY-420 History and Systems

3

PSY-406 or PSY-411 or PSY-464

3

400-level PSY course

3-4

PSY-406 or PSY-411 or PSY-464

3

PSY-461 or PSY-462 Practicum (option)

4

PSY-462 Practicum (option)

4

General Elective

3

General Education/Electives

6

[13-14 credits]

 

[16 credits]

 

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

A rigorous and rewarding curriculum includes extensive opportunities for individualized learning through laboratory courses, original research projects, service-learning, and a practicum. Clinical courses taught by licensed psychologists with small class sizes ensure personal attention and a high quality education.

Program Goals

The APA psychology curriculum goals are to: 

  1. Develop a strong knowledge base in the discipline; 
  2. Develop discipline specific professional skills including writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, research design and statistics; 
  3. Know and apply a professional ethical code by articulating and applying the relevant ethical principles; 
  4. Prepare for entry-level career placement or graduate school; and 
  5. Contribute to the well-being of self and others (generativity).

Research Opportunities

One of the hallmarks of our rich educational environment is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest.

Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the Notre Dame community.

Capstone Experience

As a capstone experience, you will have an opportunity to apply all of the knowledge and skills you have gained, integrating theory, science, and practice, in a supervised, individual practicum.

Examples of Practicum Opportunities

Psychology Careers

Understanding human behavior and scientific processes of measurement and analysis provides a portable skill set that opens up a wide range of career opportunities. 

While many graduates go on to attend graduate or medical school, you can use the principles of psychology in clinical or research settings, or in the fields of education and training.

Potential Graduate Programs

  • Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Clinical, Counseling, Cognitive, Developmental, Educational, Experimental, Social, School, Forensic, or Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Masters or Ph.D.)
  • Human Resource Management (MBA)
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Higher Education Student Affairs
  • Nursing
  • Business Leadership & Management at NDMU (Masters)

Examples of Clinical/Counseling Jobs

  • Applied Behavior Analyst
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Development Worker
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Employee Training Instructor
  • Health Psychologist
  • High School Guidance Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Examples of Corporate Jobs

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Industrial Relations Specialist
  • Business Consultant
  • Industrial Relations Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Market Researcher

Examples of Government Jobs

  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Probation Officer
  • Program Coordinator/Manager
  • Intelligence Analyst

Examples of Research Jobs

  • Research Associate
  • Data Analyst
  • Clinical Writer
  • Social Scientist