The Department of Psychology offers a B.A. degree in psychology, double majors with sociology, philosophy, and special education, a departmental honors program, and a selection of elective courses for all Millersville University students. Psychology majors, through departmental advisement, usually plan a program that leads to one of three goals: (1) graduate with a bachelorís degree and enter the human service field, (2) graduate with a bachelorís degree and enter the business/industrial field, or (3) graduate with a bachelorís degree and enter graduate school for advanced study in psychology or related fields.

A minor in psychology is also available to undergraduate students. It provides a general survey of the field and training in psychological research methods.

The undergraduate psychology courses are open to liberal arts and teacher education students. However, a few laboratory and specialized courses are open only to psychology majors and minors.

The Cooperative Education program in psychology is an optional arrangement whereby students combine practical on-the-job experience with their formal classroom instruction. The Co-op program is available to all psychology majors who satisfy the departmental admissions requirements. For further information, see "Cooperative Education" in the Special Academic Opportunities section of this catalog.


The Admission-to-the-Major Policy, Retention-in-the-Major Policy, and Completion-of-the-Major Policy apply to all majors enrolled in the Psychology B.A. program and to all majors enrolled in the Social Studies Major B.S.Ed. Secondary Education Certification Psychology Option.

Admission-to-the-Major Policy
Readmitted students must have a 2.25 or higher grade-point average at Millersville University since readmission in order to be admitted to the psychology major. Current students at Millersville University will be permitted to declare psychology as a major only if they have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.25 or higher based on at least 15 credit hours including PSYC 100 and if space is available.

Retention-in-the-Major Policy
At the end of each semester, the Psychology Department will review the academic performance of its majors. If any student with zero to 29.5 earned credits has a grade-point average below 2.0 or if any student with 30 to 59.5 earned credits has a grade-point average below 2.25, he/she will be notified by the department that he/she has been placed on probation-in-the-major status for the semester in which notification is made. The department will specify what the studet must achieve that semester to be continued in the major. If the student is not successful in meeting the requirements during the probationary semester, he/she will be removed from the major.

Completion-of-the-Major Policy
Completion of the psychology major at Millersville University requires that 50% of the major field of study courses must be completed at Millersville University. Students must obtain a grade-point average of 2.25 or higher in courses in the major field of study as well as an overall grade-point average of 2.0 in order to graduate as psychology majors.

Policy Regarding Advanced Placement (AP) Credit in Psychology
Entering students who receive a score of 3 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Psychology shall be awarded three credits for an elective course designated PSYC 991. Entering students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP examination shall be awarded three credits for PSYC 100.

Pass/Fail Restriction on Courses for Psychology Majors and Minors
Psychology majors may not take any psychology courses or any required related courses on a pass/fail basis. Psychology minors may not take any psychology courses on a pass/fail basis.

Policy on Credit Restriction for Developmental Psychology Courses
The Psychology Department offers three undergraduate developmental psychology courses-Psyc 227; PSYC 228; and PSYC 229. Credit is awarded for any of the individual courses. Credit is also awarded for the combination of PSYC 227 and PSYC 229, but not for any other combination of developmental psychology courses.

Policy Regarding Cooperative Education and Directed Projects in Psychology
A limit of 6 s.h. of Cooperative Education or PSYC 495, or any combination of the two may be taken by a student and counted in the psychology major. In unusual circumstances, and with written permission of the studentís faculty adviser, the Directed Projects instructor, and the Psychology Departmentís Cooperative Education advisor, up to 6 additional s.h. may be taken; however, these credits may not be counted toward the psychology major.