Nicholas Gallucci, Chair
Warner Hall 316, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8905 (fax)
Carol O'Connor, Department Secretary
Warner Hall 304, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8905 (fax)
|N. Gallucci, Chair||D. Barrett||R. Flanagan|
|N. Jalbert||R. Khoo||T. Kuther|
|S. Murphy||M. Nelson||P. O'Neill|
|K. Dziekan||D. Foster||B. Fuess|
|W. Higgins||P. LeMay||M. MacArthur|
|L. McIlrath||A. Murphy||L. Reynolds|
|B. Rosentahl||L. Schneider||K. Sharpe|
Courses in the psychology department are designed to offer the psychology major a comprehensive education in the methods and content of the discipline of psychology while simultaneously providing some flexibility in course selections. Students are given a broad overview of the field in their first course, Introduction to Psychology, and are required to complete a three-course sequence dealing with the methods and statistics used by psychologists. In addition to the required methods courses, students must satisfy a breadth requirement by taking at least one course from each of four major areas within psychology (cognitive, biological, developmental and personality/social). Lastly, in their senior year, students are required to take an advanced seminar or research course. All students are assigned a faculty adviser who will assist them in selecting the appropriate combination of psychology courses to match their personal or job-related interests and/or their graduate school or career aspirations.
The department sponsors a chapter of the national psychology honor society, Psi Chi, and students majoring or minoring in psychology are eligible for membership. Each applicant must meet high standards of scholastic excellence to be selected as a member. Also available to all students enrolled in the University is membership in the psychology club. Students majoring in psychology are automatically members and may participate in all activities of the club.
The psychology program offers students a comprehensive education in the methods and content of the discipline of psychology while remaining true to the liberal arts ideal. The program provides flexibility, so that students can expand their intellectual horizons, and structure, so that students can acquire the core ideas and skills of psychology. In our program, students will learn to think critically and to problem- solve. Students will also learn to understand and evaluate empirical data. The following objectives will help the department prepare our students as members of a culturally diverse society embedded within a changing global environment.
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education/Psychology
Students must complete all general education requirements, 36 semester hours in psychology including the courses specified below with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in psychology and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 SH including physical education and foreign language.
PSY 100, 201, 204 and 225
Breadth Requirement: at least 1 course from each of the 4 areas:
Area A-Cognitive: PSY 220 or 251
Area B-Biological: PSY 230, 250, or 252
Area C-Developmental: PSY 210, 211, 222 or EPY 203, 204
Area D-Personality/Social: PSY 202, 203, 205 or 215
Advanced seminar OR research course: at least 1 of the following courses: PSY 312, 315, 325, 339, 350, or 360.
Students are advised and encouraged to complete their required introductory and methods courses in their first two years or, if transfer students, in their first 3 or 4 semesters following their transfer. The following is the recommended sequence for incoming students:
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|PSY100 Intro. to Psy||PSY 201 Prin. of Research in Psy.|
|PSY 204 Psychological Stat.||PSY 225 Experimental Psy. I|
Eighteen (18) semester hours of psychology courses including PSY 100 with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in those courses. At least nine (9) credits towards the psychology minor must be taken at WestConn.
The psychology department offers four courses (PSY 292, PSY 293, PSY 294 and PSY 295) for a total of sixteen semester hours in substance abuse counseling which meets the academic requirements for Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors (CADC) as defined by the Connecticut Certification Board (CRB). Other requirements for certification are 6,000 hours of paid substance abuse counseling experience and a passing score on the written test. Students should check the Connecticut Certification Board homepage at http://ccb-ing.org/ccb.html for the most up-to-date certification information.
Agencies Used for Student Placements in PSY 339: Community Psychology and PSY 295: Substance Abuse Counseling: Applied Counseling.
Almost Family, Danbury, CT
Armes Acres, Carmel, NY
Community Resource Center, Danbury, CT
Danbury Head Start, Danbury, CT
Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT
Danbury Youth Services, Danbury, CT
Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Danbury, Danbury, CT
Juvenile Justice Center, Danbury, CT
Mid-Western Connecticut Council on Alcoholism (MCCA), Danbury, CT
Riverview Hospital, Middletown, CT
Supervised Life Styles, Carmel, NY
Women's Center, Danbury, CT