BA in Psychological Science


Program Description

The BA in Psychological Science provides a solid base for the scientific study of individual and group behavior and mental processes within a liberal arts curriculum. It allows students to gain the discipline-specific knowledge essential to pursue further studies in Psychology and related fields (e.g., social work, education, business). It also allows students to develop and hone interpersonal, analytical, quantitative, and communications skills that can be employed in a variety of domains, from social services to science journalism, to sales and advertising.


Learning Outcomes

LOS 1. Knowledgebase in Psychology. Students should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major concepts, theories, empirical findings, and application in the main areas of psychology.

LOS 2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking. Students should demonstrate adequate knowledge of the methods and procedures of scientific inquiry and develop scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills.

LOS 3. Communication. Students should demonstrate adequate competence in writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. They should be able to write persuasive scientific arguments, present information using the scientific approach, and express their own ideas with clarity.

LOS 4. Ethical and social responsibility. Students should develop ethical and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings. They should be familiar with the formal regulations that govern ethics in the profession (e.g., APA Ethics Code, Codice Deontologico degli Psicologi italiani, Office of Human Research Protections, and IRB protocols) and be able to apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.

LOS 5. Professional Development. Students should be able to apply psychology-specific content and skills to workplace settings. They should develop and refine project-management skills, teamwork capacity, and career preparation.

Requirements for the Degree

A. The Proficiency Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics, and Foreign Language.

  • English: All students must demonstrate English proficiency by completing EN 110 Advanced Composition with a grade of C or above. New students will be placed in EN 103, EN 105, or EN 110, on the basis of the University’s English Composition Placement Examination, and must take Composition courses until this requirement is satisfied.
  • Mathematics: All students must demonstrate proficiency in Mathematics by completing MA 101 Algebra or MA100 Finite Mathematics, with a grade of C- or above. Students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in the Business Administration Major are required to take MA 101 Algebra. Other students have the option of choosing between MA 101 and MA 100. New students may be exempted from this requirement on the basis of the University’s Mathematics Placement Examination; otherwise, they must take MA 101 or MA 100 during their first semester of attendance and until this requirement is satisfied.
  • Foreign Language: All students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency equivalent to a year of study in a foreign language with written literature. Students with a national secondary education credential in a language other than English will be considered to have satisfied this requirement.

B. The General Distribution Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts.

  • English Literature: Two courses in English literature, one of which may be replaced by a course in comparative or dramatic literature in English translation. (These courses must have EN 110 as a prerequisite.)
  • Mathematics and Science: Two courses in mathematics, natural science, or computer science. (MA100 and MA101 do not fulfill this requirement.)
  • Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts: Seven courses distributed as follows:
    • Social Sciences - at least two courses in Communications, Economics, Political Science, or Psychology.
    • Humanities - at least two courses in History, Literature, Philosophy, or Religion.
    • Fine Arts - at least one course in Art History, Creative Writing, Dramatic Literature, Music, Studio Art or Theater.

No course may be used to satisfy more than one General Distribution Requirement.

C. Core Courses

  • PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 208 Introduction to Statistical Analyses of Psychological Data
  • PS 210 Introduction to Research Methods
  • PS 307 Cognitive Psychology
  • PS 370 Psychobiology
  • PS 320 Developmental Psychology
  • PS 334 Social Psychology
  • Two PS courses from two of four areas: Cognitive, Psychobiological, Developmental, and Sociocultural
  • One PS course from one of three areas: Clinical Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology
  • PS 480 Senior Seminar in Psychology

D. Major Electives

Five additional courses to be chosen, as advised, from any of the available psychology courses not already used to satisfy core course requirements.

E. General Electives, sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an American liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees to English-speaking students from all over the world. You will study in the heart of Rome, ... Read More

John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an American liberal arts university offering undergraduate degrees to English-speaking students from all over the world. You will study in the heart of Rome, surrounded by culture, history, art, business, and politics. Read less