Psychology

Bachelor of Science

About This Program

Purpose

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology provides a solid, broad-based education for students preparing for a career in the helping professions, organizations, business, or government. Successful students will also be able to continue their formal education at the graduate level.

Program Policies

The program includes courses in the theory and application of psychology and psychological principles. Students will develop an understanding of the following: life span development, personality development, abnormal development, prevention, group behavior, cultural variations, research methods and design, and ethical and professional issues. Students will develop specific knowledge and skills that have broad application to many working environments. In addition, knowledge from other disciplines will enhance and broaden the student’s perspective and capabilities as a working practitioner.

Overall, the classroom courses provide a blend of theory and application. Students also have the option to explore internship opportunities in a wide variety of professional settings that provide experiences in applying knowledge and skills. In addition, the General Education Requirements courses, required of all Wilmington University undergraduates, provide a well-rounded academic foundation. The program is offered with day and evening classes in Delaware at New Castle, Dover, and Georgetown; the program is also offered in New Jersey at Cumberland and Mt. Laurel, as well as online.

Program Competencies

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in

Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.

  1. Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  2. Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains.
  3. Describe applications of psychology.

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

Students should demonstrate the ability to do scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.

  1. Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
  2. Demonstrate psychology information literacy.
  3. Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving.
  4. Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

Students should understand ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.

  1. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  2. Build and enhance interpersonal relationships.
  3. Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels.

Goal 4: Communication

Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.

  1. Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes.
  2. Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
  3. Interact effectively with others.

Goal 5: Professional Development

Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

  1. Apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
  2. Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation.
  3. Refine project-management skills.
  4. Enhance teamwork capacity.
  5. Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.

Minimum Grade Policy

The Psychology program has set a minimum passing grade of "C-" for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than "C-" in any required course must retake that course.

CAP (Community and Academic Partnerships)/Co-op Program

CAP/Co-op Program Option (6 credits)

PSY 315 Available Online Group Dynamics

SOC 304 Available Online Ethnic Groups and Minorities

The Co-op option allows students to complete core courses in PSY 315 Group Dynamics and SOC 304 Ethnic Groups and Minorities in a supervised educational work setting related to the student's major field of study. If students select the Co-op option, both PSY 315 and SOC 304 in Co-op format are required. Alternative core courses may also be available for Co-op depending on the field placement. Each Co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two Co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the Psychology Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a Co-op assignment. For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.