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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.S.


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The Psychology major at York College of Pennsylvania provides students with the necessary background to pursue a number of professional careers within and related to psychology. Core Requirements and Content Domains have been designated to provide the integral background for further educational and professional growth. Elective courses allow the student to concentrate on their individual career goals and interests.

The Psychology faculty assist each student in preparing for their career and/or graduate school goals. It is important that each Psychology major meet with an advisor at least once per semester.  A program advising guide is also available on Psychology Community of SSN. Students who wish to declare Psychology as a major after the first semester of the freshman year must contact the chair of the Department of Psychology, Dr. Jennifer Engler, at jengler@ycp.edu.

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Psychology must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, complete the General Education Requirements of the College, and complete graduating outcome assessments. Students must also complete PSY 370, PSY 490, and at least 9 additional credits of Psychology courses at the 300 level or higher at YCP. 100-level or 200-level transfer courses in Psychology cannot be used to satisfy 300 or 400 level Psychology course requirements.  These courses will be transferred as free electives. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Required Major Courses:


Content Domains


Students should consult the Psychology Major Advising Guide, located in the Psychology community of the Spartan Success Network for suggestions on how to best sequence Psychology Content Domain courses.

Non-Psychology Requirements


Students who test out of one or both of SPN 101 and SPN 102, through the foreign language placement process, are able to earn these credits by taking other elective courses.

Elective Courses (20 credits)


Students may choose any 20 credits of elective courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:


Freshman Year (30 credits)


Sophomore Year (31 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • 3 credit hours
  • Foundations - Advanced Communication course 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspective course 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspective course 3 credit hours
  • Psychology Content Domain course 3 credit hours
  • Psychology Content Domain course 3 credit hours
  • Psychology Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Physical Activity and Wellness course 1 credit hour
  • Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours

Junior Year (30 credits)


Senior Year (29 credits)


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