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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 subdisciplines. 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

More about the program

Degree Requirements

(VALID FOR STUDENTS WHO STARTED NO EARLIER THAN JUNE 2020)

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)

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

18 Credit Hours

Find more information on the general requirements for a Minor.

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 scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena and demonstrate the ability to interpret, 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.

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., PSYC 1100, PSYC 2300) must take an additional 3-credit-hour PSYC elective per substitution at Webster University. A maximum of two such substitutions is permitted

Curriculum

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)

Three courses from the following:

  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3600 Social 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)
  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4650 Biopsychology (3 hours)

Two courses with any PSYC prefix (6 hours)

The Webster University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the review of all human subjects' research conducted by any University faculty, staff or students, on or off campus. The IRB process also applies to anyone requesting to do research at Webster University.

Research conducted at international campuses must also follow all applicable processes of the country where research is taking place. Documentation that international processes have been followed must also be submitted to Webster University's IRB.

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Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020–2021

Aisha Bajwa, PharmD
Pharmacology, Psychoanalysis
aishabajwa@webster.edu
Dr. Christine Butterfield
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
christineb41@webster.edu
Dr. Helga Felsberger
Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
hfelsberger82@webster.edu
Dr. Kathleen Hodkinson
Clinical Psychology
khodkinson04@webster.edu
Dr. Jessica Howells
Clinical Psychology
jessicahowells@webster.edu
Dr. Maria Lolich
Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science
marialolich@webster.edu
Dr. Isabella Sarto-Jackson
Biological Psychology
Isartojackson@webster.edu
Dr. Gregory Bartel
Business, Marketing, Cognitive Science
gregorybartel@webster.edu
Dr. Dezsoe Birkas-Kovats
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
dezsoebirkas81@webster.edu
Dr. Ricardo Draghi-Lorenz
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
rdraghilorenz@webster.edu
Dr. Romualdo Fernandes Ramos
Social Psychology & Occupational Health
Heather Moon-Vogels, MA
Counseling Psychology
hmoonvogels@webster.edu
Mag. Cornelia Kastner
Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology
corneliakastner@webster.edu
Mag. Krista Rothschild
Clinical & Health Psychology
krothschild44@webster.edu
Mag. Sandra Velásquez
Clinical & Health Psychology
sandrav03@webster.edu
Antonija Pacek, M. Phil
Psychology of Education
antonijapacek40@webster.edu

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