Undergraduate

Program Overview

The Department of Psychology has a strong commitment to scholarly and scientific excellence. It has been heralded as one of the most diverse universities in the nation. This setting offers exciting opportunities for research and scholarly discourse.

The Temple University Undergraduate Psychology program provides a modern curriculum covering a breadth of content, ranging from biological bases of cognition and behavior to sociocultural influences on human interactions and psychological disorders. The curriculum is designed to develop students’ critical thinking skills through emphasis of the scientific basis of Psychology and courses in statistics and research methodology. The program also emphasizes the integration and synthesis of information across courses and activities through the stepwise progression of the curriculum from the introductory, foundational, and advanced classes up to the final capstone course that is taken in the senior year. Students are strongly encouraged to develop applied skills through rigorous and highly focused experiential learning in research laboratories and community–based internships. The curriculum is designed to be sufficiently flexible to satisfy the diversity of needs among undergraduates. As such an individually tailored curriculum may be selected for the purpose of preparing students for employment or further study in psychology, neuroscience, medicine, law, business, or other fields.

For a detailed description of the undergraduate course requirements for Psychology majors, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin website.

Curriculum

Psychology identifies several learning goals for each level of instruction in the program. At the introductory level (1001, 1002, 1003, 1004), goals include familiarity with the scientific grounding of the discipline (1001), basic statistics (1003) and scientific methods (1004), as well as information on how to prepare for a career in psychology or a related discipline (1002). At the Foundation level (2000-level courses), students develop deeper knowledge of the fascinating content areas in the discipline, which are broadly organized in two groups: Developmental/Clinical/Social (DCS) and Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS). Students are required to choose at least two courses from each of these two general areas, and this ensures familiarity with the breadth of the discipline. These courses cover a wide range of topics from the functions of the neuron to the development of moral thought. At the Advanced level (3000-level courses), students continue to develop critical thinking skills to dispassionately examine conflicting claims, analyze data, organize research papers, and become more proficient with the scientific process in a writing intensive course (3096). Students also are required to select four courses with the option of continuing to develop breadth or choosing to delve into greater depth in one area, such as clinical psychology. Finally, at the 4000 level, Capstone is the only course offered. This writing-intensive course is designed to help students integrate their knowledge base, to refine their critical and writing skills, and generally to synthesize their knowledge of the discipline.

Careers

An undergraduate degree in Psychology affords many opportunities for careers and further study at the graduate level, because the knowledge and skills learned through the major (e.g., critical thinking, human behavior) are important to many disciplines. Psychology majors are often employed in management positions, real estate, sales, marketing, social services, and labor relations. Many psychology majors also go on to graduate study in psychology or other fields, including law, medicine, and business school.

Temple Psychology students are informed of career options and advised of career decisions through a formal course, called Careers in Psychology. This course is designed to encourage students to begin to prepare for their career early during their undergraduate training so that they may maximally benefit from their undergraduate education.

Internships

The Psychology Internship/Practicum is a course that is designed to give you experience in the work-world and, as such, is unlike most other courses you will take. You will have dual responsibility: to provide the best service possible to your agency/school/company (you will be, in some sense, an ambassador for Temple and for the Department), and to communicate regularly with me. This course is called Internship (Psych 3785) the first semester; if taken a second semester (at either the same or a different location) it is called Practicum (Psych 3787). Each course carries 3 fixed credits. PLEASE NOTE that these credits can fulfill upper level CLA requirements for graduation but CANNOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS. Learn more about the Psychology Internship/Practicum.

View the Internship Contact List for 2013-2014 Academic Year

Honors program

The Honors Psychology program is designed to be a 2-year study that begins with a yearlong investigation of methodology, critical thinking and writing. In the second year, the program culminates in the production of a senior thesis that is presented at the student poster session. Each semester, the class explores a new topic in-depth. Student-led discussions complement traditional lectures, encouraging students to engage fully with the course content.

The Honors Psychology program has several main goals. First, students may expect an integrated panoramic view of the field of psychology, from its historical roots to current perspectives. Second, the program will provide students with a foundation in scientific methodology. Students will then take that knowledge to design, implement, and analyze data for their senior thesis.  Third, this hands-on experience is designed to encourage students to grapple with key theoretical and research ideas related to their particular interest. Additionally, the program offers an intimate and individualized experience to prepare students for the future career paths to which they aspire.

Students who are psychology majors with a 3.5 GPA (or higher) may receive an invitation to attend an informational session during the spring semester of their second year of study at Temple. The informational session is an opportunity to learn more about the program. Upon entering the honors program, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA throughout the duration of the honors program.

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Undergraduate Contacts

Peter James, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Chair
Weiss Hall Room 606
pjames@temple.edu
Ms. Nicole Pileggi*
Undergraduate Advisor
Weiss Hall 605
nicole.pileggi@temple.edu

 

*For undergraduate advising or for help with particular undergraduate problems, please contact the Psychology Department Undergraduate Advisor.

Psychology Majors Association

PMA strives to provide opportunities for students to enhance understanding and appreciation of psychology through a variety of fun social and educational activities that one would not encounter in the classroom. PMA creates environments where students can participate in volunteer work, field trips, learning about graduate school as well as career opportunities, and meeting new friends. We encourage networking between faculty and students within psychology.  Click here for more information.

Temple University Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the honor society for psychology majors and minors. Its goal is to foster academic excellence and engage students in the exciting field of psychology. The Temple chapter of Psi Chi frequently holds relevant workshops and events so students can build their skills in the field, as well as their academic and professional networks. For more information on Temple University Psi Chi contact psichi@temple.edu.

Undergraduate Resources