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Curriculum, Psychology

Students majoring in psychology at Widener have incredible flexibility in designing a curriculum that meets their personal interests and career goals. 

All students are required to take a statistics and research methods sequence, but can choose from a variety of electives to suit their desired area of specialty. Courses in abnormal psychology, evolutionary psychology, health psychology, and forensic psychology are popular. At least one psychology elective must include a lab, and service-learning courses are available combining classroom experiences with civic engagement.

Many of our students complete a practicum or placement at one of a wide variety of locations, including addiction and family counseling centers, early childhood development centers, human resources agencies, physical therapy locations, and disabilities services, among others. These internships prepare students for careers in the field and often lead to employment at the internship location upon graduation.

Students interested in graduate study have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty during the academic year or by participating in the Arts and Sciences Summer Research Program.


View a selection of courses students may take as a psychology major.

PSY 203 Consumer Behavior and Advertising

An investigation of how psychological processes influence the marketing and consumption of products as well as the marketing and acceptance of ideas.Some of the topics include how advertising attempts to change attitudes and behavior, the influence of motivation theory on advertising content, how persuasion influences the adoption of products and political beliefs, and cultural differences in consumption patterns.

PSY 210 Cross-Cultural Psychology

This course deals with research conducted outside of the United States and looks both for the universals of social behavior and for differences that might be brought about by culture. Differenced between subculture (e.g., groups defined by race, ethnicity, or social class) are also considered. 

PSY 213 Adolescent Psychology

This course studies human development from the preteen through the late adolescent years. The course addresses physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development. Important topics covered include eating disorders, self-concept, academic achievement, dating, drug and alcohol use, suicide, delinquency, and sexuality.

PSY 215 Multicultural Psychology

This course is an introduction to the principles, theories, and applications of multiculturalism. Students are asked to examine their own sense of self and others’ identity, beliefs, assumptions, and behaviors.

PSY 225 Abnormal Psychology

This course focuses on similarities and differences between normal and abnormal behavior, individual and environmental genesis and treatment of neurosis and psychosis, and relation of abnormality to social, religious, educational, and other aspects of living.

PSY 331 Cognition with Laboratory

This laboratory-based course involves an in-depth analysis of human information processing through lecture and structured lab activities. Topics include perception, memory, and higher cognitive functions.

PSY 333 Forensic Psychology with Laboratory

This laboratory-based course focuses on the role of psychological research as it pertains to the fields of law and law enforcement. Students learn about basic methodological issues, lie detection, repressed memories, jury selection, line up construction, eyewitness identification and testimony, courtroom persuasion and group decision making.

PSY 338 Human Growth and Development II with Laboratory

This course focuses on adult development and aging and associated changes in physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains. The specific goals are: to study the process of aging in adulthood, including the gains and losses associated with physiological and psychological aging; to understand the social influences on this process, such as culture, race, income, age, and social class; and to increase awareness of aging and ageism.

PSY 355 Biological Psychology

This course examines the anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology of the nervous system and its role in experience and behavior. Topics include the biological basis of perception, memory, motivation, emotion, and mental illness. 

PSY 375 Counseling and Psychotherapy

Theories and methods used in therapeutic interventions with individuals are emphasized. In addition to readings and lectures, the course includes practice at introductory-level skills and class presentations


For more information about courses and requirements for psychology, see the course catalog.