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Psychology is one of the youngest of the sciences – only about 125 years old as a recognized discipline. Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Its goal is to describe, understand, predict, and control those functions. By studying psychology, one gains a great understanding of the function of human behavior, brain function, and the interactions of the human being in a society. The study of psychology also develops critical thinking and independent decision making in students.

The psychology program at Holy Cross College provides students with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychology, whether they are interested in continuing their studies in graduate school, pursuing a career in a psychologically related field, or just interested in learning more about the human mind and behavior. The Bachelor of Arts program features a core curriculum that emphasizes the scientific and empirical bases of psychology. Holy Cross produce psychology major graduates with critical thinking skills based on their knowledge of the principles and methodology in psychology. A psychology major will provide the background necessary to pursue graduate education as well the basic skills for the practical application of psychological principles.

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Program Focus


psychology.conferenceIf you are interested in human behavior and motivations, a major in psychology at Holy Cross College may be the right path for you. A background in psychology is a fundamental underpinning to many of today’s hottest fields including sales, marketing, education, nursing, social work, human resources, and law enforcement. Additionally, Holy Cross will prepare you for the graduate education you will need for careers in psychological testing, research, or therapy.

Psychology majors and minors are offered many unique and innovative educational experiences. Students are offered the opportunity to attend and receive course credit for professional conferences. Based on ideas gleaned from the conference, students are then encouraged to develop a research project and implement that research with the goal of submitting their research to a later conference. Psychology students must also complete internships within the area of psychology as part of the general education core.

Major Requirements


Complete Psychology Major Requirements
Sample of Classes Required In Major

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
PSYC 201 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 205 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 2xx Ethics in Psychology 3
PSYC 210 Statistics for Social Sciences 3
PSYC 275 Research Methods 3
PSYC 315 Child and Adolescent Development 3
PSYC 330 Personality Psychology 3
PSYC 420 History and Systems in Psychology 3
PSYC 498 Senior Thesis/Research 3
Must also take 12 credits in one of three tracks: General, Clinical or Developmental.
Total required for major 39

Must also take 57 core curriculum credits.
Must also take 24 open elective credits.

Minor Requirements


Complete Psychology Minor Requirements
Sample of Classes Required In Minor

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology 3
PSYC 275 Research Methods in Psychology 3
Must take 12 additional psychology class credits.
Total required fro minor 18

Faculty


Doris M. Van Auken, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychology Department
Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
I was the first female full professor at Holy Cross College, and in my 20+ years here, I have been a professor, advisor, department chair and division chair. I get to know my students personally so I can be a pivotal part of their formation as psychology majors. I encourage my department to embrace dynamic, innovative teaching methods, and I personally teach all levels of psychology at the college, from Psych 101 to senior-level courses.\. I received a BA in history and BS in psychology from the University of Alabama, an MA in psychology from Mississippi State University, and was awarded my Ph.D. in psychology from Saint Louis University. My husband, Hugh, and I have have three terrific sons.

Cosette Fox, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
My educational background is in neuroscience, and I hope to bring an experimental psychology perspective to the psychology department. I have a BS in biology and a BA in psychology. I received my Ph.D. in experimental psychology with a specialization in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Ottawa, Canada. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, where I was able to be published in several neuroscience journals. While working at Cedarville University in Ohio, I established a research program looking at the effect of glucose and emotional activation on memory processing, and was able to involve undergraduate students in my research projects.

I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and have had the privilege of living in Japan and Ukraine. My husband, Sean, and I have been blessed with three biological children and a teenage daughter we recently adopted from Ukraine. I enjoy experiencing other cultures and have a passion for reaching out to the poor and those in need. In 2005, I led a student service learning trip from Fresno Pacific to Ukraine to work at an orphanage and reach out to teenage orphans struggling with depression. In 2008, I led another mission’s trip from Cedarville University to Jordan where the students and I helped run a vacation Bible school in a poor refugee community.

Hugh Van Auken, Ph.D., HSPP
I received my BA in psychology from the University of Notre Dame, my MA in psychology from Mississippi State University, and my Ph.D. in psychology from St. Louis University. In addition to being an adjunct professor at the college, I am a clinical psychologist, and a member of a clinical practice in Mishawaka, Indiana. My experience in the clinical field shapes the classes I teach and the way I teach them. Along with Dr. Doris, I enjoy traveling with Holy Cross College students as they attend research and professional conferences around the world, such as recent trips to Germany, New Zealand, and Australia.

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Conferences


Psychology majors are offered the opportunity to attend and receive course credit for professional conferences. Attendance at conferences also includes side trips that explore the people and culture of the conference destination. Based on ideas gleaned from the conference, students are then encouraged to develop a research project and implement that research with the goal of submitting their research to a later conference.

The Psychology Department International Congress program currently meets the college’s international study requirement. The Holy Cross College program has been recognized by representatives of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as an innovative educational program.

Neuroscience 2016, November 14, 2016


Cosette Fox, Ph.D. presented at Neuroscience 2016, the annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience, along with two students, Sabrina Pajor and Maritza DeAnda. The abstract for her research on the effect of sugar and stress on memory in male students can be found here: http://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/index.html#!/4071/presentation/9647
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Mid America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, April, 2016


Cosette Fox, Ph.D., took five students, Rob Ackerman, Eryn Ray, Kim Moore, Elizabeth Hayes, and Sister Jan (Thu Trang Nguyen) to an undergraduate psychology conference, the Mid America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (MAUPRC), at Earlham College in southern Indiana to present their research projects.
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Internships


Our students have interned in the area of developmental disabilities, treatment facilities, research opportunities. Some of the facilities they have interned at include Logan Center, Robinson Learning Center and Samaritan Center. Students have also completed research internships at IUSB and ND.

Career Paths


Psychology major graduates may find jobs in areas such as mental health, human resources and children’s and family services. Students may choose to pursue graduate level study, including the following areas:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology
  • School psychology
  • Counseling psychology
  • Industrial/organizational psychology

Graduates have also pursued advanced degrees in education, social work and nursing; some have also gone on to medical school and law school.

Additionally, an undergraduate degree in psychology is very valuable in many other career paths, because psychology students are trained in critical thinking, observation, and the complexities of human behavior. Opportunities are limited only by the individual’s willingness to explore their options, and their interests. Following are several examples of career options for bachelor-level psychology graduates:

  • Aides in educating or caring for the emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled
  • Aides and activity specialists in day care or respite setting for children or older adults
  • Community mental health workers
  • Computer analysts for survey research
  • Substance abuse program workers
  • Social service agency workers
  • Organization managers
  • Customer service and customer relations employees
  • Legal aides
  • Police officers, probation officers and court employees
  • Authors and editors
  • Personal trainers or image consultants

Resources


Department Contact


Doris Van Auken, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychology Department
Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
dmvanauken@hcc-nd.edu
574-239-8386

Holy Cross College Information

Holy Cross College is a Catholic, residential, coed, four-year institution of higher learning, offering an applied liberal arts curriculum. It was founded in 1966 and continues to be conducted by the Brothers of Holy Cross a society of lay religious men within the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) who take vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience as a way to more creatively and intimately serve the mission of our Savior Jesus Christ, His Body – the Church, and the needs of the world. Brothers of Holy Cross serve through ministries which educate and sensitize persons to the need of the world for justice and peace.

Psychology Department Profiles

Doris M. Van Auken, Ph.D.

Dr. Van Auken is the Social and Behavioral Sciences Chair at Holy Cross College, and is the Chair of the Psychology Department. As an advisor to all psychology students at the College, Dr. Van Auken has been pivotal in the development of countless graduates, as well as the formation and management of the psychology major. Dr. Van Auken teaches at all levels at the college, from Psych 101 to senior-level courses and conferences. Dr. Van Auken received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama, her Master’s in Psychology from Mississippi State University, and was awarded her Doctorate in Psychology from Saint Louis University. Doris Van Auken is married to Hugh Van Auken, who is an adjunct professor of psychology at Holy Cross College. Dr. Doris and Dr. Hugh have three children, Hugh, Chase, and Jeremiah.

Cosette Fox, Ph.D.

332A9381.low resDr. Fox is the newest full-time psychology professor at Holy Cross. She brings an experimental psychology perspective to the department. Dr. Fox has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Ottawa, Canada. While working at Cedarville University in Ohio, Dr. Fox established a research program looking at the effect of glucose and emotional activation on memory processing, and was able to involve undergraduate students in her research projects.

Cosette Fox is married to Sean Fox and they are blessed with three biological children and one teenage daughter that they recently adopted from Ukraine. Dr. Fox was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and has had the privilege of living in Japan and Ukraine.

Dr. Fox enjoys experiencing other cultures and has a passion for reaching out to the poor and those in need. In 2005, she led a student service learning trip from Fresno Pacific to Ukraine to work at an orphanage and reach out to teenage orphans struggling with depression. In 2008, she led another mission’s trip from Cedarville University to Jordan where the students helped run a vacation Bible school in a poor refugee community.

Hugh Van Auken, Ph.D., HSPP (Long-term Adjunct)

Dr. Hugh Van Auken is the husband of Dr. Doris Van Auken. In addition to being an adjunct professor at the College, Dr. Hugh is a Clinical Psychologist who is a member of a clinical practice in Mishawaka, Indiana. His experience in the clinical field make him an invaluable asset in the classroom. Along with Dr. Doris, Dr. Hugh travels extensively with Holy Cross College students as they attend research and professional conferences around the world, such as recent trips to Germany, New Zealand, and Australia. Dr. Hugh received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, his Masters in Psychology from Mississippi State, and his Doctorate in Psychology from St. Louis University.

HCC Psychology BA 2010 Graduate Profile:

Nathanial “Nate” Ring (HCC ’10) is currently a graduate student in Cognitive and Social Processes at Ball State University. Nate attended Purdue University for two years, pursuing a associate’s degree in computer graphics technology before transferring to Holy Cross
Nate was also published in November of 2009 in the Observer, the one of the publications of the Association for Psychological Science. http://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/getArticle.cfm?id=2579

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Madrid Conference 2014

Madrid Conference 2014

Drs. Hugh and Doris Van Auken will once again offer PSYC497, the International Psychology Congress course, for the Fall semester, 2014. Select students will attend the XVI World Congress of Psychiatry in Madrid, Spain between September 12 and 19. Students will participate in more than twenty hours of structured congress programming including invited lectures, symposia, paper presentations and workshops. They will have the opportunity to interact with undergraduate and graduate students as well as professional colleagues from around the world. Students will also participate in several cultural activities while in Spain including touring Madrid and its world renowned museums, and enjoy tapas, flamenco dancing, and attend a bullfight. Students will complete journals and develop and submit research proposals to Holy Cross College faculty for projects they might then initiate in a follow-on course.

The International Congress program is unique to Holy Cross College and is a Program of Distinction. It offers students an opportunity to experience an exciting professional congress while earning three credit hours and initiating a possible research program. It also exposes students to a different culture within our world community.

Planned Activities in Madrid

  • XVI World Psychiatric Association Congress – Four Days
  • Valley of the Fallen
  • City Tour of Madrid
  • Prado Museum
  • Plaza Major
  • Las Ventas Bullfighting Arena
  • Traditional Spanish Dinner with Flamenco Dancing

Anticipated Cost

  • (estimate as of April 16, 2014): $2499/student

Based on Double Occupancy. Includes Congress fee, round-trip airfare Chicago to Madrid, airport-hotel transfers, hotel accommodations, taxes and tours. Students are responsible for international health insurance (for purchase from the College), most meals, and miscellaneous expenses.

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Psychology Course Offerings

PSYC 101 (3)
Introductory Psychology
An introduction to the basic principles of mental processes and human behavior. Topics include conditioning, development, personality, learning, and adjustment. Psychological theory and research will also be examined.
PSYC185 (3)
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 101or PSYC105

Growing & Developing the Adult Life Span
This course is an introduction to the field of Human Aging/Gerontology as an interdisciplinary field of study. The course will be an examination of the biological, psychological, social, spiritual and economic factors and dimensions that make up the aging experiences of individuals as well as how the “aging population” affects the way
we organize our various societies. Cross-listed with SOCI 185 and PSYC 185.
PSYC 201 (3)

Social Psychology
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 101or PSYC105
The study of individual behavior in a social context. Emphasis is on group behavior, prejudice, attitude formation and conformity in relation to psychological theories and research dealing with social influence. Crosslisted with SOCI 201. PSYC 205 (3)

Abnormal Psychology
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 101 or PSYC 105
This course is designed to familiarize students with the different approaches to understanding, preventing, and treating mental disorders. Students will also learn about the major categories of disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 4th ed. (DSM-IV). They should also be able to identify the major philosophical differences in explaining abnormal behavior and discuss the implications of those differences in treatment and public policy. PSYC 207 (3)

Life-Span Development
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 101or PSYC105
This course is designed to help students become familiar with developmental psychology. The emphasis is on life-span development. This course will focus on some of the major issues in this area: the contributions of nature and nurture in human development, continuity vs. discontinuity in development, critical periods of development and plasticity. Students will gain an understanding of developmental processes that occur in childhood, adolescence, early adulthood and later adulthood. Students will gain an understanding of how developmental issues may be recognized in their own lives as well as the importance in the study of human behavior. PSYC 215 (3)

Social Gerontology
This course is designed as a multi-disciplinary study of aging with a focus on social issues. Social Gerontology is concerned with the impact of social and cultural conditions on the process of growing old. The course will be geared toward the examination of diverse perspectives with the goal of sensitizing you to dilemmas, debates, and possible solutions to social problems generated by our aging society. We will have guest speakers come into our class sharing their experience in dealing with the these debates and controversies. You will become aware of your own beliefs regarding these issues but also be sensitive to the perspectives of others. Cross-listed with GERO215 and SOCI215 PSYC 275 (3)

Research Methods in Psychology
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 101 or PSYC 105
This course will include discussions of the various research methods used in the field of psychology. Students will examine research designs, treatment of results. They will engage in literature searches, and the preparation of research reports. PSYC 310 (3)

Nonverbal Communications
PREREQUISITES: COMM101 and COMM102
Students will study nonverbal behaviors and how they repeat, underscore, substitute for and regulate verbal communication in the communication environment and between communicators. Theories and research will be covered. Cross-listed with BUSI310 and COMM310. PSYC 315 (3)

Child and Adolescent Development
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 101 or PSYC105 and PSYC207
This course will cover in detail the concepts of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development as related specifically to children and adolescents. The course of normal development will be emphasized, but there will be reference to aspects of development which may deviate from what is considered -normal‖. The goal of this course is to further learning specific to children and adolescents, that began in Lifespan Development. PSYC 330 (3)

Personality Theories
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 101 or PSYC105 and PSYC205
This course focuses on the theories of personality, methods of study and results of the scientific study of personality. The basic concepts of personality traits and their measurements will be discussed. In addition, the developmental influences and problems of integration will be addressed. PSYC 350 (3)

Aging in Communities
Examines the possibilities and challenges a community faces to encourage and extend resources to people who are aging. All dimensions of aging in place will be explored: social, familial, educational, political, physiological and occupational. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating successful aging friendly solutions various communities have found. Cross-listed with GERO350. PSYC 360 (3)

Aging and the Family
The Age Wave has arrived; the oldest of the baby boomers, the largest generation in our history, are now in their early 60’s. Because of modern technology and improved health care, life expectancy has increased significantly since the early 1900’s. Leaders in the aging field across the country say that older people are redefining the retirement years, and this cultural transformation is having a tangible impact on the traditional concept of family as a social institution. The possibilities for how to live the older years is also evolving. This course will take a look at what it means to age within the context of a broad range of family ties: marriages, friendships, older parents and children, childless older persons, grandparents and grandchildren, and sibling relationships. Cross-liseted with GERO 360. PSYC 385 (3)

Race, Ethnicity, and Aging
This course is designed to present a broad overview of aging within the framework of race and ethnicity by examining some of the major issues related to our aging society, current research, and theories of aging. It will focus on diversity and some of the multicultural factors that contribute to one’s socialization and life-chance differences that may follow ethnic, racial, gender, racial and minority status. Cross-listed with GERO 385. PSYC 399 (3)

Seminar in Psychology
PREREQUISITE: Approval of Instructor
Topics vary by semester PSYC 420 (3)

History and Systems in Psychology
PREQUISITE: Senior standing and 20 hours in Psychology.
An historical analysis of the field of psychology from it’s beginnings in philosophy and the natural sciences through the 1950s. In addition to lectures, students will engage in presentations and other activities (e.g., class discussions based on student research on the history of psychology. PSYC 497 (3)

Special Topics in Psychology: Conference
PREREQUISITE: Approval of Instructor
This class will offer students an opportunity to attend psychology conferences (local, national, and international). Students will attend symposia, invited addresses, poster sessions, and lectures given by some of the leading researchers and theorists in psychology. This course will be offered each year or on alternating years. The venue will change from year-to-year. PSYC 498 (3)

Special Topics in Psychology: Senior Research Project
PREREQUISITE: Approval of Instructor
This course is a continuation of PSYC 497. It allows students the opportunity to implement the proposed research study designed in PSYC 497. Students will work with a faculty member to implement the proposed study, analyze the collected data, form conclusions, and complete a formal write up of the study. PSYC 499 (3)

Seminar in Psychology
PREREQUISITE: Approval of Instructor
Topics vary by semester

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Professional Conference Trips

Psychology majors are offered the opportunity to attend and receive course credit for professional conferences. Attendance at conferences also includes side trips that explore the people and culture of the conference destination. Based on ideas gleaned from the conference, students are then encouraged to develop a research project and implement that research with the goal of submitting their research to a later conference.

The Psychology Department International Congress program currently meets the college’s international study requirement. The Holy Cross College program has been recognized by representatives of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as an innovative educational program.

International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany July 2008

Holy Cross College students attended the International Congress of Psychology in Berlin, Germany in July 2008. Students attended a variety of congress activities including invited speeches, symposia, poster sessions, and debates. Highlighting the congress was a presentation by internationally renowned psychologist Dr. Phillip Zimbardo of Stanford University. Students attended Dr. Zimbardo’s presentation and met with him at a social hour and book signing. While in Germany, students visited Buchenwald Concentration Camp, the Mittelbau/Dora underground factory where the Nazi V1/V2 weapons were constructed, and had a traditional German dinner of boar and venison in the mountain town of Goslar.

International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Australia July 2010

Holy Cross College students attended the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Melbourne, Australia in July 2010. Students attended a variety of congress programs including presentations on sports psychology, debates on the roles psychologists should play in prescribing medications, and the reasons for and impact of genocide. Students interacted with psychologists and other students from around the world. While in the southern hemisphere, students experienced Maori culture in New Zealand, participated in a traditional Maori Huka Dance and feast, and visited national parks in Australia. While our students work hard and learn alot, as you can see from this short video … they find time to explore and have fun.

Currently planning is underway for the International Congress of Psychology in Capetown, South Africa in July 2012.

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Psychology BA Careers

The psychology major prepares students for a wide range of pursuits after graduation. Graduates may find psychologically related jobs in areas such as mental health, human resources and children’s and family services. Students may choose to pursue graduate level study, including the following areas:
  • clinical psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • social psychology
  • school psychology
  • counseling psychology
  • industrial/organizational psychology
Graduates have also pursued advanced degrees in education, social work and nursing; some have also gone on to medical school and law school.
Additionally, an undergraduate degree in psychology is very valuable in many other career paths, because psychology students are trained in critical thinking, observation, and the complexities of human behavior. Opportunities are limited only by the individuals willingness to explore their options, and their interests.

Following are several examples of career options for bachelor-level psychology graduates:

  • Aides in educating or caring for the emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled
  • Aides and activity specialists in day care or respite setting for children or older adults
  • Community mental health workers
  • Computer analysts for survey research
  • Substance abuse program workers
  • Social service agency workers
  • Organization managers
  • Customer service and customer relations employees
  • Legal aides
  • Police officers, probation officers and court employees
  • Authors and editors
  • Personal trainers or image consultants
    And many more!

Popular Jobs for Psychology Majors

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Psychology Student Resources

Psychology Club: Get involved, join the club, become an officer, help us plan outings, help us make a difference on campus and in the community.

Educational Assistants: Top students have opportunities to mentor younger students and prepare for graduate school by preparing lectures for freshman-level classes.

LINKS OF INTEREST

Visit the American Psychological Association (APA) website: http://www.apa.org
• APA Student Page
• APA: Accredited Doctoral Programs in Professional Psychology

Visit the Association For Psychological Association website: http://www.psychologicalscience.org

Other Sites of Interest:
• Clinical Psychology Graduate School Directories from Walden University
Psych Web, A place for Psychology related information.
• Abbreviated Version of APA Publication Manual – 5th Edition

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Psychology FAQ

What is Psychology?
Psychology is one of the youngest of the sciences – only about 125 years old as a recognized discipline. By studying psychology, one gains a great understanding of the function of human behavior, brain function, and the interactions of the human being in a society.

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Its goal is to describe, understand, predict, and control those functions. The study of psychology also develops critical thinking and independent decision making in students.

Why Study Psychology?
Interest in human beings, our motivations, and our behavior is your best prerequisite for studying psychology. A background in psychology is a fundamental underpinning to many of today’s hottest fields including sales, marketing, education, nursing, social work, human resources, and law enforcement. Careers that lead directly to psychological testing, research, or therapy generally require further graduate school study to find employment.

The program at Holy Cross is an excellent launching pad for graduate school admissions.
Because psychology is a relatively new science, psychologists are often innovators, developing new ways of understanding human behavior. In addition, there is an increasing demand for therapists, researchers, clinicians, and all other positions in the field. Researchers develop theories and test them. As this research yields new information, these findings become part of the body of knowledge that practitioners call upon in their work with clients and patients.

What are the goals of the Holy Cross College Psychology Program?
The Psychology major at Holy Cross will provide students with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychology. The psychology program features a core curriculum that emphasizes the scientific and empirical bases of psychology. The goal of the program is to produce graduates with critical thinking skills based on their knowledge of the principles and methodology in psychology. The major will provide the background necessary to pursue graduate education as well the basic skills for the practical application of psychological principles.

Why should I choose Holy Cross College Psychology?
The Psychology Department at Holy Cross College offers an innovative, exciting program in psychology. In addition to traditional psychology classes, innovative learning opportunities such as the International Congress program are offered. Furthermore, classes are taught by both academic psychologists and practicing clinicians. Advanced classes focused on psychopathology in adults and children are offered as are other classes that prepare the psychology major for a graduate program.

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Psychology Major Requirements

Declaration of the major in psychology must be made by application. Application forms may be obtained from their academic advisor or from Dr. Doris Van Auken, Ph.D. (Vincent 181). Students may submit an application to the major as early as the beginning of the sophomore year.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • C or better in PSYC101
  • 2.5 GPA in Psychology courses taken at Holy Cross College
  • 2.0 Overall GPA at Holy Cross College

Following acceptance into the program students may begin taking 300- and 400-level courses. It is recommended that students begin enrolling in psychology courses in the freshman year.

Psychology Major Requirements

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