B.A. in Psychology

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Program Description

Psychology

PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.A. in Psychology Counseling Track
  • Minor in Psychology
  • Minor in Analytics

Why study Psychology at M.C.?

Why do people do the things they do? How do children learn and develop? How does prejudice form, and under what circumstances are people more likely to help one another? These are just a sample of questions that the field of psychology attempts to answer. The Major in Psychology offers a broad foundation for the understanding of behavior and mental processes. With a focus on human behavior and cognition, students in the major gain an understanding of individual differences, group behavior, and the impact of environmental and social factors. We provide students with the tools necessary for the scientific study of behavior and the ability to concentrate the coursework in areas of particular interest, while getting the necessary breadth in social, cognitive, developmental, and clinical areas.

For example, the Major in Psychology—Counseling Track is available for students who plan to pursue postgraduate work in clinical or counseling professions. Additionally, students in the major may select advising concentrations in Child Welfare, Experimental, Forensic, Gerontology, Global Citizenship, Psychology in the Community/Civic Engagement, and Relationship and Sexual Health. Whether students are working towards an entry-level position or graduate school, the major in Psychology offers the necessary coursework, independent and collaborative research, and opportunities for application of knowledge to real-world settings.

Counseling Track

The Major in Psychology-Counseling Track is designed to provide students with coursework related to the helping professions as well as a firm foundation in the science of human behavior. Courses related to the counseling field, including Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Group Facilitation, and Sociology of Marriage and Family, are related in the major. Students in this major are well prepared for graduate programs in clinical psychology, counseling, social work, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, and related fields. Graduates are also ready to directly enter the workforce and be employed by a wide variety of social service organizations and programs that serve children and families, individuals with substance abuse problems, victims of domestic violence, individuals with chronic mental illness, and others.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • Cherokee Health Systems, University of Tennessee, and Autism Society of America for the Autism Training Initiative
  • Clover Hill Senior Living
  • Haven House
  • Mane Support
  • New Hope – Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center
  • UT Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke Center

Meet a current student

Sarah Christopher ’19

Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.

A transfer student, Sarah decided to major in psychology while completing a research project on the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder on EMS personnel. With professors who care about her academics and family-like community, M.C. has surpassed her expectations, she said. “My life mission is to provide help and advocate for others, so I plan to attend graduate school for social work,” she said. “With the liberal arts education that I am receiving, I am learning how to think critically and analyze the world around me. These are skills that will prepare me not only for graduate school but for life beyond the classroom.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

KATHRYN ANN MITCHELL '16

CURRENTLY: COMPLETING M.S. DEGREE IN NEUROCOGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AT CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITY IN GERMANY

Her parents’ divorce inspired her to pursue a career in psychology. A grandparent’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease motivated her to pursue a career working with dementia patients. A Maryville College education – complete with experimental research and comprehensive exams – gave her an edge over other grad school applicants and put her on a path toward success.

"Maryville College really gave me so many opportunities to narrow my focus in psychology while simultaneously broadening my horizons to several different subjects. I was selected to present my experimental research in the first-ever undergraduate oral symposium hosted by the South Eastern Psychological Association,” she said. “I wouldn't be where I am without this magnificent, little college by the mountains.”

PARIS WILSON ’13

CURRENTLY: PROBATION PAROLE OFFICER FOR THE STATE OF TENNESSEE; PART-TIME M.S.W. GRADUATE STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-KNOXVILLE

Paris’s decision to major in Psychology revolved around an interest in mental health and the criminal justice system. Her ultimate career goal is military social work. “I strive to be a resource in mental health awareness, as well as provide the best public safety possible,” she said. “Maryville College has helped me achieve milestones with the rigorous curriculum and exceptional faculty and staff who implement it. From lectures to office hours, I always had guidance and creativity in my major.”

Job Placements

  • Brookhaven Retreat
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Eastern State Hospital
  • Helen Ross McNabb
  • IBM
  • Knox County Schools
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Memphis City Schools
  • Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital
  • State of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Graduate School Placements

  • California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • State University of New York
  • University of Alabama
  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College
  • Wake Forest University School of Law

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Career Options

A Major in Psychology can lead to careers in counseling, mental health, social work, human services, community agencies, recreational/occupational/rehabilitation therapy, advocacy, nonprofit organizations, development/fund-raising, activities director for special populations, youth work, data analysis, social/marketing/academic research, college student personnel, vocational counseling, substance abuse counseling, sales, marketing, public relations, customer service, or employee training. Some of these careers require advanced degrees.

A Major in Psychology-Counseling Track can lead to careers in mental health counseling, vocational counseling, school counseling, marriage and family, social work, human services, community agencies, recreational/occupational/rehabilitation therapy, advocacy work, positions in non-profit organizations, youth work, college student personnel, vocational counseling, and substance abuse counseling. While there are entry-level jobs available in many of these areas, an advanced degree is required for most therapeutic counseling positions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describes how the interaction of mind, body, and the socio-cultural environment affects behavior.
    • Understands the nature of diversity
    • Recognizes the wide variety of behavior that can be considered normal, as well as the multiple causes of varied behaviors
    • Compares and contrasts major psychological systems
    • Relates behavior to different developmental levels across the life-span
  • Critically reviews and analyzes psychological research.
    • Uses and interprets quantitative and qualitative information appropriately
    • Identifies relationships and synthesizes information
    • Considers ethical issues
    • Uses basic psychological terminology
  • Demonstrates the ability to solve problems using the scientific mode of inquiry.
  • Expresses oneself clearly and persuasively in writing and speaking professionally.
    • Gives formal presentations
    • Uses APA style in written communications as appropriate
  • Demonstrates empathy for and sensitivity to individuality and the influence of the human condition.
  • Utilizes and integrates appropriate technology to enhance professional and communication activities.

Required Courses

Major

The Major in Psychology requires 46 credit hours with 36 hours in major courses and 10 hours in related areas.

Required courses are:

  • PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSY 244: Introductory Neuroscience (3 hours)
  • PSY 299: Contemporary and Professional Issues in Psychology (2 hours)
  • PSY 312: Experimental Psychology (4 hours)
  • PSY 351-352: Senior Study (6 hours)
  • BIO 111: Fundamentals of Biology (4 hours)
  • MTH 221: Inferential Statistics (3 hours)

Either of the following courses:

  • SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hours)

or

  • SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)

Eighteen (18) additional hours in psychology electives, at least 6 hours of which must be at the 300 or 400 levels. Psychology electives must include 3 hours from each of four domains (Cognitive, Developmental, Social, and Clinical). Note that some courses fall into multiple domains but may be counted toward fulfilling the requirement for only one domain.

COGNITIVE:

  • PSY 314: Cognitive Psychology (4 hours)
  • PSY 315: Human Thought and Learning (3 hours)
  • PSY 327: Sensation and Perception (4 hours)

DEVELOPMENTAL:

  • PSY 211: Child Development (3 hours)
  • PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hours)
  • PSY 222: Adult Development and Aging (3 hours)
  • PSY 306: Language Development (3 hours)
  • PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hours)

SOCIAL:

  • PSY 221: Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSY 224: Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSY 227: Intimate Relationships (3 hours)
  • PSY 301: Theories of Personality (3 hours)

CLINICAL:

  • PSY 301: Theories of Personality (3 hours)
  • PSY 331: Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSY 333: Counseling (3 hours)

A double major in Psychology and Child Development and Learning is not permitted.

Major (Counseling Track)

The Major in Psychology with a Counseling Track requires 46 credit hours with 33 hours in major courses and 13 hours in related areas.

Required are:

  • PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSY 244: Introduction to Neuroscience (3 hours)
  • PSY 299: Contemporary and Professional Issues in Psychology (2 hours)
  • PSY 312: Experimental Psychology (4 hours)
  • PSY 331: Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSY 333: Counseling (3 hours)
  • PSY 335: Advanced Counseling (3 hours)
  • PSY 351-352: Senior Study (6 hours)
  • BIO 111: Fundamentals of Biology (4 hours)
  • MTH 221: Inferential Statistics (3 hours)
  • PHR 235: Group Facilitation (3 hours)

One of the following:

  • PSY 301: Theories of Personality (3hours)
  • PSY 227: Intimate Relationships (3 hours)

One of the following:

  • PSY 337: Internship (3 hours)
  • PSY: Elective (3 hours)

One of the following:

  • PSY 211: Child Development (3 hours)
  • PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hours)
  • PSY 222: Adult Development and Aging (3 hours)

One of the following:

  • PSY 314: Cognitive Psychology (4 hours)
  • PSY 315: Human Thought and Learning (3 hours)

One of the following:

  • SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hours)
  • SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hours)

Minor

The Minor in Psychology consists of 15 hours in psychology with no fewer than two 300-level courses. The Minor in Psychology is not open to students majoring in Child Development and Learning.

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