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Psychology Overview


B.A. Level: Business • Corrections • Health Education • Mental Health Service • Rehabilitation • Graduate Level: Clinical & Counseling Psychology • Government Administration • Human Resource Management • Industrial & Organizational Psychology • Teaching and Research


Psychology is a discipline devoted to understanding the thought and behavior of people, and then channeling that knowledge into social and psychological services.

The program at Marygrove offers a sequence of courses, which take you through the areas of psychological development, socialization, learning, dysfunctional behavior and experimental psychology. The program is intended for day students only. The psychology major prepares you to be an informed and engaged citizen in our ever-changing world with respect for diversity and social justice issues.


The Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology combines preparation for future graduate study and/or for direct application of psychological principles with employment after the B.A. The Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology requires a minimum of 33 credit hours in psychology and includes all proscribed courses (see below: Required Courses).

The Bachelor of Arts with an interdisciplinary major in art and psychology allows you to prepare for graduate study in art therapy. Required psychology courses contribute 32 credit hours to the interdisciplinary major. A minor is not required.

The minor in psychology provides knowledge of human behavior, which complements your major area of study. If you choose this option, you are required to take a minimum of 20 credit hours in psychology.


At the B.A. level, psychology graduates can work in business or mental health/social services. In business, positions include work in advertising, customer relations, job analyst, marketing researcher or representative. In mental health, positions include rehabilitation counselor, group home coordinator, social service director, employment program manager, corrections and parole officer, and family service worker.

At the M.A. level, psychology graduates can do vocational, marriage, family, school or industrial consulting and psychological testing.

At the Ph.D. level, psychologists can be administrators, consultants, or college professors.


Program Scheduling

The B.A. program in Psychology is primarily a day program. Some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating basis.

Transfer Students

The Department of Psychology generally accepts transfer credits from accredited institutions of higher learning. For psychology majors, at least 15 credit hours in psychology must be earned at Marygrove. For the minor, you must take a minimum of nine psychology credit hours at Marygrove.

Academic Performance

Only psychology courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the major requirements.

Writing Intensive Requirement

All Psychology majors must complete PSY/SOC 360 to satisfy their writing intensive requirement.

Senior Seminar Requirement

All Psychology majors must complete PSY 496, Senior Seminar.

Honor Societies

Students may be eligible to join Psi Chi, a national honors society for students demonstrating academic excellence in Psychology.


Students whose academic work is excellent may be eligible for the Award for Excellence in Psychology.

Program Requirements