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.
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.
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 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
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
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.