Psychology: General


2020-2021 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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Certificate
27 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Psychology Department. It is available at the St. Louis home campus and at select international campuses. Please see the Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.


Program Description

More demanding than the psychology minor but less intensive than the psychology major, this certificate is well suited to students with a strong interest in psychology but who are majoring in another subject. As a stand-alone certificate, it is also appropriate for those students with a strong interest in psychology who have completed a BA or BS at another institution.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Implement the use of scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena and demonstrate the ability to interpret, design and conduct basic psychological research using statistical analyses.
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice and apply those standards to build and enhance interpersonal relationships locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate effective writing, exhibit effective presentation skills and interact effectively with others.
  • Discuss the occupational pursuits available in a variety of settings given their psychological knowledge, skills and values.

Special Requirements

In addition to the general University requirements for a certificate:

  • The general psychology certificate cannot be earned by students currently majoring in psychology (BA, BA with an emphasis in mental health, BS) or psychological science (BS).
  • Students who transfer any required course for the certificate (e.g., PSYC 2300) must take an additional 3 credit hour PSYC elective at Webster University. A maximum of two substitutions are permitted.

Required Courses

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1 hour)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3025 Psychology and Ethics (2 hours)
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3 hours)
    or PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3900 Introduction to Counseling (3 hours)
    or PSYC 4225 Introduction to the Helping Professions (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology  (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4950 Senior Assessment (0 hours)