Program Description

Psychology can be seen as an umbrella discipline overarching all other disciplines. Psychology is the study of the human mind and the behavior that it generates, as well as how humans behave across various subjects.

Study psychology at Webster Vienna Private University and get your hands on physiological recording devices. Learn how to get access to the non-conscious mind, while being led through all basic psychology sub disciplines. The CanBeLab (Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience and Behavior) is waiting for you to record brain activities, muscle activity, skin conductance, and to code and analyze facial expressions for scientific research.

As a psychology student at Webster, you will have the opportunity to study specific issues, theories and science of the discipline and also attain an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human behavior. All the while, we will give you access to our cutting-edge laboratory with the latest technologies.

Our psychology students use approaches that range from the scientific to the philosophical, from the experimental to the theoretical. Through these methods our students develop and apply problem-solving skills that will help them think analytically and to communicate clearly and persuasively throughout their lives and careers.

Our friendly and experienced faculty specialize in a variety of areas that will allow you to approach psychology from different perspectives, including biological and evolutionary, clinical and counseling, lifespan development, learning and cognitive, social and cross-cultural perspectives. Even Neuroscience plays an important role.

Our students also learn advanced research methods, such as the advanced analysis of statistical techniques, research methodology and psychological testing. The faculty is there to help our students:

  • Develop analytical skills
  • Integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experience
  • Build competencies for specific career objectives or specific areas of interest

Learning Outcomes

Webster psychology graduates pursue a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities. Some pursue careers in teaching, social services, nonprofit organizational settings or corporations, while others are preparing for admission to graduate and professional training programs.

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 interpreted 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

Degree Requirements


A complete list of psychology courses including short descriptions can be found here.

Required Courses

The 43 credit hours required for the bachelor of arts in Psychology include the following:

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1 hour)
  • PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2975 Sophomore Assessment (0 hours)
  • PSYC 3025 Psychology and Ethics (2 hours)
  • PSYC 4925 Senior Capstone: History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4950 Senior Assessment (0 hour)
  • Psychology electives (at least 3 hours at the 4000-level) (9 hours)
  • PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis (4 hours)

At least ONE course from EACH of the following five content areas:

Biological Perspectives

  • PSYC 3850 Sensation and Perception (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4650 Biopsychology (3 hours)

Clinical and Counseling Perspectives

  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3900 Introduction to Counseling (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4225 Introduction to the Helping Professions (3 hours)

Lifespan Development Perspectives

  • PSYC 2200 Child Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 hours)

Learning and Cognitive Perspectives

  • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3525 Memory (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making (3 hours)

Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

  • PSYC 3475 International Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3575 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3625 Motivation and Emotion (3 hours)

Recommended Courses

  • PSYC 4425 Community Practicum (3 hours)

Second Major: Psychology

Students wishing to have a second major in Psychology must complete all the degree requirements (without the Senior Thesis), including the courses from the 5 content areas and the electives.

Minor: Psychology (General)

18 Credit Hours

For information on the general requirements for a minor, see Minor under the Academic Policies and Information here.

Program Description

The psychology general minor is appropriate for students who are pursuing a career that has a significant connection to psychology and who wish to deepen their understanding of human behavior by exploring relevant psychological theories and concepts.

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 critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to examine problems related to psychology.
  • Discuss the factors contributing to diversity, multiculturalism, and inequality within an international context.
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice and apply those standards to build and enhance interpersonal relationships locally and globally

Special Requirements

In addition to the general University requirements for a minor:

  • The psychology general minor cannot be earned by students currently majoring in psychology (BA, BA with an emphasis in mental health, BS)
  • Students who transfer any required course for the minor (e.g.PSYCYCYC 1100PSYCYCYC 2300) must take an additional 3-credit-houPSYCYCYC elective per substitution at Webster University. A maximum of two such substitutions is permitted

Required Courses

  • PSYCYCYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3 hoursPSYCYCYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3 hours)

Faculty - Psychology

Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020 - 2021
Aisha Bajwa, PharmD                            
Pharmacology, Psychoanalysis
Dr. Christine Butterfield                        
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Dr. Helga Felsberger                               
Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
Dr. Kathleen Hodkinson                                                                              
Clinical Psychology
Dr. Jessica Howells                                                                                      
Clinical Psychology
Dr. Maria Lolich                                          
Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science
Dr. Isabella Sarto-Jackson              
Biological Psychology
Dr. Gregory Bartel                                      
Business, Marketing, Cognitive Science
Dr. Dezsoe Birkas-Kovats                                                    
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Dr. Ricardo Draghi-Lorenz             
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Dr. Romualdo Fernandes Ramos               
Social Psychology & Occupational Health
Heather Moon-Vogels, MA
Counseling Psychology
Mag. Cornelia Kastner                                      
Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology
Mag. Krista Rothschild                                   
Clinical & Health Psychology
Mag. Sandra Velásquez                                 
Clinical & Health Psychology
Antonija Pacek, M. Phil                                                         
Psychology of Education