Psychology

Overview

A concentration and a minor

What you learn from studying the basics of psychology can help you in any field and organization. In business, for instance, you can explore what traits many great leaders have that makes them appealing to others or what effect a product’s packaging has on a consumer’s decision to purchase.

Psychological study helps you learn to creatively and critically evaluate information about human behavior. You need to have a solid understanding of human values and behavior when considering personal or career-related decisions. Motivation, satisfaction, productivity, and learning are all affected by your beliefs, needs, and wants. For most humans, these are easy to predict.

Bryant also offers a major in Applied Psychology.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Bryant’s Psychology concentration and minor allow you to complement many courses of study with the study of human behavior. You will understand how to apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, research ethics, data analysis, and interpretation. You will be able to ethically apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues. You will be well-prepared for an entry-level career or graduate study.

Psychology faculty

Faculty are active in a number of areas of psychology including clinical, cognitive, developmental, environmental, educational, health, and social. They are dedicated teachers who work closely with students in collaborative research, supervising internships, or advising them about graduate school and careers.

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Requirements

For an 18-credit concentration:

Introduction to Psychology (PSY260) or Honors: Core Concepts in Psychology (PSY263)

Two (2) from the following Theory Core courses:

  • Psychology of Personality (PSY353)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY355)
  • Child and Adolescent Development (PSY360)
  • Adolescent Development and Aging (PSY361)
  • Cognitive Psychology (PSY373)
  • Physiological Psychology (PSY374)
  • Social Psychology (PSY470)

One (1) from the following Research Intensive Core courses:

  • Environment and Behavior (PSY365)
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology (PSY371)
  • Positive Psychology (PSY372)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (PSY376)
  • Gender in Childhood (PSY471)
  • Psychological Testing and Assessment (PSY484)
  • Directed Study in Psychology (PSY497)

One (1) from the following Applied Core courses:

  • Environment and Behavior (PSY365)
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology (PSY371)
  • Health Psychology (PSY375)
  • Educational Psychology (PSY377)
  • Psychology Internship (PSY391)
  • Counseling Theory and Practice (PSY480)
  • Exercise and Sports Psychology (PSY481)
  • Forensic Psychology (PSY482)
  • Drugs and Behavior (PSY483)
  • Psychological Testing and Assessment (PSY484)
  • Judgment and Decision Making (PSY486)

One (1) psychology elective course. Students may take any other course from the 3 core areas or any other psychology course with the exception of Psychology Capstones PSY490 and PSY491, which are reserved for Applied Psychology Majors only.

Of the 6 courses in total, at least two (2) must be at the 400 level

For a 12-credit minor:

Introduction to Psychology (PSY260) or Honors: Core Concepts in Psychology (PSY263)

Two psychology electives

One 400-level psychology elective

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To learn more, please contact:
Janet Morahan-Martin, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor 
Department of Psychology
jmorahan@bryant.edu

Creative in her teaching

Allison Butler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Butler’s creative teaching methods earned her a Distinguished New Faculty Award by The International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in 2011.

Her educational psychology expertise enabled Bryant to expand its course offerings, and she has been at the forefront of the University's development of a teacher education program.

Butler is known for working closely with students, collaborating with them on research and academic papers that are submitted to academic journals and co-presented at prestigious academic conferences.

A SCHOLARLY EXPERIENCE

Lindsey Weber ’11
Academic Advisor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The year-long Senior Capstone Project is the hallmark of the Honors Program at Bryant. Weber chose a topic that tapped into her interests: researching and developing success strategies for first-generation college students, a group whose ranks she joined 2011. “When you are sincerely interested in your topic, you will bring passion and energy to your manuscript and presentation,” she says. “Meanwhile, you will genuinely enjoy the scholarly experience.” Weber earned a master’s in applied developmental and educational psychology at Boston College. She is an academic advisor for academic support and technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, working with first-year students, undecided majors, and “at risk” students.

VALUABLE INSIGHTS INTO SELF

Philip A. Brady ‘12
Psychology, Accounting

"Psychology classes were the most valuable of all of my classes because they allowed me to gain a better understanding of other people and myself.

Assignments allow you to apply what you learn in class to your own personal experiences, so you learn more about psychology and more about what kind of person you are.

This is an interesting program where you learn a lot about the human mind, human behavior, and the different theories and practices of understanding people and counseling," says Brady.