Psychology: Counseling + Health Psychology
The counseling and health concentration provides students with a foundation of knowledge across a broad range of mental health symptom categories, and students build on this knowledge through an examination of empirically-supported assessment, diagnostic and treatment methodologies for child and adult psychopathology. A variety of schools of therapy are discussed and students practice clinical interviewing and basic counseling skills. This concentration additionally emphasizes the psychophysical bases of health and illness, including an examination of the causes of stress, as well as an introduction to coping and adaptation as applied to pain and illness.
2015-2016 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for a Major in Psychology
PSYCH1501 General Psychology
PSYCH2209 Physiological Bases of Behavior
PSYCH2801 Methods and Statistics I
PSYCH2802 Methods and Statistics II
PSYCH2803 Applied Research in Psychology
Additional Requirements for a Concentration in Counseling + Health Psychology
PSYCH2405 Health Psychology
PSYCH3210 Child Psychopathology
or PSYCH3212 Adult Psychopathology
PSYCH3601 Counseling Theories and Techniques
Senior capstone experience (2 semesters)
PSYCH4282-83 Senior Directed Research I and II
or PSYCH4494-95 Internship in Psychology I and II
At least one elective from the following:
PSYCH2103 Relationships, Marriage and the Family
PSYCH2105 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYCH2203 Social Psychology
PSYCH2303 Child Psychology
PSYCH2304 Adulthood and Aging
PSYCH2403 Adolescent Development
PSYCH3101 Seminar: Psychology of Women
PSYCH3211 Theories of Personality
PSYCH3601 Counseling Theories and Techniques
Learning Goals + Outcomes
The psychology department’s Learning Goals are based in the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs, a report put out by the American Psychological Association, which “recognizes the importance of undergraduate education in advancing psychology as a science, promoting human welfare, and fostering students’ growth and development,” (
APA.org). Each goal is broadly articulated, with the recognition that the content, depth, and breadth of the course are dependent upon a number of factors (e.g., 1000–4000-level).
Knowledge and Critical Engagement in Psychology: Students will understand and can apply the major concepts, theoretical perspectives (biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and social), empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology, as well as the APA Code of Ethics.
Research Methods in Psychology: Students will be able to engage in research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation.
Information and Technological Literacy: Students will be proficient in the use of information and technology for many purposes relevant to the field of Psychology.
Communication Skills: Students will be proficient in written and oral communication in a variety of formats for educational and professional purposes.
Personal and Professional Development: Students will understand the links between personal and professional values, knowledge and skills, and aca- demic and career goals.
To further articulate how each goal is addressed within the Psychology program course structure, Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are articulated for each course that is part of the major and minor. Bloom’s taxonomy was used as a framework for distinguishing the level of skill or knowledge expected within the given course. These levels are: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. The student learning outcomes reflect both the Psychology program goals and the level of learning expected for each goal. The departmental goals and course-specific student learning outcomes are included in all course syllabi.
Students who earn concentrations in counseling and health are able to find work in a variety of human service and counseling fields immediately upon graduation in jobs such as mental health technician, milieu therapist, social worker and case manager. Our students who pursue graduate degrees are able to pursue careers such as clinical psychologist, adult and child therapist, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical social worker, occupational therapist and speech pathologist.
Learn more about career paths open to students of psychology through the
Emmanuel College Career Center.