Meet Your Major: Psychology
As a psychology major, you’ll investigate human behavior, including what drives our actions.
Through Merrimack’s intensive curriculum, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of developmental processes, personality, social factors, psychological disorders and therapy.
What You’ll Learn
In the psychology program, you will:
- Explore the biological foundations of behavior and experience, how people learn and develop, how individuals perceive the world and what prompts people to act the way that they do.
- Discover the difference between normative and non-normative behavior and evaluate therapeutic approaches.
- Analyze psychological data, with an emphasis on the logic, use and interpretation of inferential statistics.
- Hone your analytic reading, theoretical analysis and critical-thinking skills.
- Improve your statistical and methodological skills through hands-on research and laboratory experience.
In our new, state-of-the-art space, you’ll take part in dynamic coursework and relevant research activities to prepare you for a career in healthcare, human services or business, or graduate study in psychology or other fields.
Our students have conducting research in the following areas:
- neurophysiological recordings (EEG) to study brain activity and sleep physiology
- eye tracking methodologies to tackle questions involved in visual cognition and attention.
- the process of learning as adults.
- motivation and bias in a variety of contexts.
Upon successful completion of the psychology program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue graduate study or a career in psychology and related disciplines. Positions may include Business manager, Counselor, Human resources director, Psychologist, Rehabilitation specialist and Marketing manager.
Some of our graduates are working in the following positions:
- Post-doctoral researcher, Boston Children’s Hospital
- Client Services Specialist, Harvard Business Publishing
- Social Worker, Brookhaven Hospice
- Fulbright scholar, Nepal
What You’ll Take
All psychology majors must take a minimum of 42 credits, 11 courses in psychology and a cognate course in biology (for a total minimum of 46 credits and 12 courses).
Cognate Requirement in Health Sciences
|BIO 1106||Human Biology|
|PSY 1000||Introduction to Psychology|
|PSY 1100W||Psychological Inquiry and Methodology|
|PSY 2110||Statistical Methods in Psychology|
Two Laboratory Courses in Basic Psychological Processes
|PSY 3120||Cognitive Psychology|
|PSY 3150||Behavioral Neuroscience|
At Least One Course Related to Psychological Individuation
|PSY 2300||Developmental Psychology|
|PSY 3410||Abnormal Psychology|
At Least One Course Related to Social Relations
|PSY 2200||Social Psychology|
|PSY 2300||Developmental Psychology|
One of the Following Senior Capstone Sequences
|PSY 4900||Psychological Seminar|
|PSY 4910/PSY 4015||Senior Thesis Research I and II|
|PSY 4960/PSY 4965||Field Experience: Adult Clinical Studies|
|PSY 4961/PSY 4966||Field Experience: Ethnographic Analysis|
To complete the required 42 credits in psychology, you may take a combination of additional core courses or upper-level psychology electives listed below:
|PSY 2270||Group Dynamics|
|PSY 2280||Organizational Psychology|
|PSY 2470||Psychology of Trauma|
|PSY 2600||Psychology of Happiness|
|PSY 3250||Cultural Psychology|
|PSY 3340||Developmental Psychopathology|
|PSY 3380||Psychology of Aging|
|PSY 3450||Biological Bases of Abnormal Behavior|
|PSY 4700||Selected Topics of Psychology|
|PSY 4800||Directed Study*|
|PSY 4810||Directed Research*|
* A maximum of four credits can be taken toward the completion of the major.