Learn the science of the brain and human behavior. 

Prepare for the Workplace 

People come to you for help when they don’t know where else to go. You’re prepared to assist and listen to their stories. You can relate and put things into perspective because you know how the brain works and how it affects behavior. You’re a clinical psychologist who specializes in rehabilitation. How are you so well prepared? You majored in psychology at Medaille College.

Your employer wants you to have experience practicing therapy, research, statistical analysis and effective communication? Sharpen these skills at Medaille while educating yourself about every avenue of psychology.

  • Quality: Psychology at Medaille teaches you how to think critically and respond to others’ thought processes. Experience and practice psychology both in the classroom and out in the field and learn hands-on.
    • Hone your critical analysis and communication skills in group discussions and debates.
    • Solve real world problems at Medaille. Study statistical and research methods to formulate your own unique research project.
  • Options: Get your Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology in four years or less. Sign up for Medaille’s 4+1 program and complete your Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology by staying just one extra year.
    • Medaille offers the unique opportunity of a program that caters to you and your interests. Electives allow you to shape your program to meet your career goals. Together we identify what works best for you, placing you in the right position to succeed.
  • Connections: Medaille’s experiential learning is organized by practicing professionals and focused on you. Much of your experience is gained through practical internships.
    • One internship is required, but most students do more. Students have gained valuable experience in internships like these:
      • Learn about human services with People Inc.
      • Introduce yourself to the mental health system at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
      • Administer tutoring sessions and exam preparation as a special education aide
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Go Places 

Medaille psychology students go on to do great things in research, social work and counseling. The psych program at Medaille also provides the foundation necessary for you to succeed in graduate school. But the knowledge of human behavior and the skills of psychology are well-suited to more than just academia. Medaille is where college meets career and our graduates end up in a variety of fields and positions:

  • Medaille students who go on for a master's degree pursue careers in counseling, one of the most popular professions.
    • Bring families closer together as a family therapy specialist.
    • Help struggling marriages persevere as a couples counselor.
    • Diagnose and treat patients dealing with mental illness.
    • Work with people to conquer their addictions as a substance abuse counselor.
  • Better your community and help others help themselves as a social worker.
  • Protect future generations as a Child Protective Services agent.
  • Relate to today’s youth and enrich their lives as a guidance counselor.
  • Get inside the competitive mind of some of the best athletes and help them achieve their goals as a sports psychologist.
  • Maintain health and safety regulations as a human resources manager.
  • In a rapidly changing economy, help prospective employees take the next step and find new careers as a vocational counselor.
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Live a Life of Opportunity 

Medaille College is unique in its emphasis of the personal relationship between individuals. Personal connections are what help you succeed in class as well as in the workplace, and Medaille makes sure you get the personal attention you deserve. At Medaille, you’re more than just a number.

  • Build your education: Medaille knows that you want the most flexibility and opportunity a psychology program can offer. Some students even work full-time while they finish their master’s degree, and so can you. Medaille’s 4+1 program gets you where you want to go in five years—with two degrees.
  • Interact: Assigned faculty mentors provide one-on-one advice and guidance to Medaille students. And small class sizes means that professional instructors know your name.
  • Succeed: Frequent academic advisement sessions make sure that you stay on the right track in school and are working toward your career.
  • Experience: Learn by doing. See how the brain creates and stores memories, balances the body’s chemical composition and how emotions and stress are created and processed. Medaille’s experiential learning focuses on you, the student, and places you in real world scenarios in the field.
  • Work with professionals: Practitioner-based learning at Medaille means you’re taught the latest theory and materials by instructors who are still active in their fields.
    • Learn clinical practice methods from a working psychotherapist.
    • Discuss your reading assignments with the author herself.
    • What’s more, Medaille’s alumni network expands far and wide in academia and the professional workplace. You begin building your professional network on your first day at Medaille.
  • Get noticed: Medaille’s Career Planning Center will make sure your resume-writing and interview skills are top-notch with a series of workshops and counseling.
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Stay Active 

Medaille is focused on the success of its students. Part of succeeding at Medaille is getting involved on campus and in the community.

  • Discuss the latest practices and studies with your peers and future colleagues as a member of the Psychology Club.
  • Do you really think you understand human behavior? Then get involved with the Student Government Association (SGA) at Medaille and discover your inner politician.
  • Plan on using your skills and knowledge in psychology in a sustainable business? Learn about the power of positive thinking in business with DECA at Medaille College. Understand consumer behavior and turn your psychology degree into a marketing career.

Whatever you choose to do, Medaille keeps you moving in a positive direction so you can put your skills to use in the classroom and in the workplace. Whether it’s in a neuroscience class or a course on childhood development, the skills in methodology and research that you learn as a psychology major last a lifetime. The unique personal connections that you make will last just as long. That’s the power of an education at Medaille—where college meets career.

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Courses & Curriculum 


Bachelor of Arts Degree


Please consult the most recent Undergraduate Academic Catalog, available online at, for the official listing of courses for this program.



Medaille College concentrates on excellence in teaching, with an emphasis on personal attention to its diverse student body. Its curriculum provides a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation with early access to career-oriented education. The faculty and all of those involved in the mission of education challenge students and themselves to the highest possible standards of achievement, but that challenge is balanced by support for every individual student and a concern that each one succeeds.

General Education Core (33 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)*

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3)**

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)


Major Requirements (45 credits)

Required courses (18 credits)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

PSY 207 Psychological Statistics (3)

PSY 250 Research Methods in Psychology (3)

PSY 350 Psychology Research and Writing (3)

PSY 370 Abnormal Human Behavior (3)

PSY 377 Undergraduate Internship (3)


Psychology Electives (27 credits)

Students must choose 9 courses from the following of which at least 8 courses or 24 credit hours must be PSY courses: PSY 210,

PSY 229, PSY 230, PSY 240, PSY 247, PSY 298, PSY 310, PSY 320, PSY 321, PSY 349, PSY 351, PSY 368,PSY 379,PSY 385, PSY 398, PSY 420, PSY 421, PSY 477, PSY 498, EDU 223, SSC 200, SOC 401.


Additionally, 5 courses (15 credits) must be a 300/400-level course.


Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (21 credits)

Students are required to complete 21 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives, 9 credits of which must be 300/400-level courses. Liberal Arts and Science course include: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, LNG, MAT, MMS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, and THE courses.


Free Elective Component (21 credits)

May include any College course.


Total 120 credit hours


*Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.


**Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Free Elective.



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