Students in Delaware interested in studying psychology may choose from programs leading to bachelor's or doctoral degrees; some schools additionally offer minors in the field. Internships and/or senior projects may be required for undergraduate students. Programs leading to Ph.D.s in psychology require a dissertation, research project, and/or practicum to be completed, depending on the subfield studied and the school offering the program. A doctoral degree could take as many as six years to earn, above and beyond the minimum of four years needed to earn a bachelor's degree.
The schools highlighted below include two public and three private (not-for-profit) schools. Only the University of Delaware offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in psychology, and the clinical science program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Delaware State University
At Delaware State University in Dover, through the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, undergraduates can pursue a minor or earn a bachelor's degree in psychology. Faculty members are actively engaged in research; in addition to mentoring, they provide students with access to academics and professional practitioners.
Introductory coursework includes a study of general psychology and classes in behavioral science statistics and scientific methods. Undergraduates also pursue more in-depth topics in developmental, experimental and social psychology and learn about the history and systems associated with the field.
The program culminates in a senior research seminar or an internship in a mental health facility, a nursing department or a social work practice. Students who opt for a shorter course of study may be interested in the 21-credit minor, which includes topics in basic statistics, personality, and abnormal psychology.
Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington offers both a minor and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The requirements for the 18-credit minor include a study of social science research and four psychology electives. Degree-seeking undergraduates acquire an understanding of psychological assessments, learn about the influence of biology on behavior and study personality theory. As seniors, they also participate in a senior psychology seminar.
Unique to the college is a specialization in organizational psychology, available through the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program. The purpose of the program is to help students understand why people feel and respond as they do in the work environment and examine the field from a larger global perspective.
University of Delaware
The sole school on the list to offer a doctoral program in psychology is located in Newark, and through the College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Delaware also offers undergraduate programs in neuroscience and psychology. Students in the Bachelor of Arts program complete ten courses in, among other areas, clinical, cognitive and social psychology. To fulfill the 2-course elective requirements, they can also study family conflict, nonverbal behavior and the psychology of visual aesthetics. Requirements for the Bachelor of Science include a study of biopsychology and a senior thesis or research project.
In general, the doctoral programs take 4-6 years to complete and require a dissertation and courses in statistics and research. Individual courses of study may allow for a practicum.
Future professionals in the behavioral neuroscience program study the anatomical, pharmacological and physiological aspects of the field. Those specializing in clinical science pursue topics in anxiety, trauma, and depression, while cognitive psychology students focus on language, attention, and categorization. Course topics associated with the social psychology program include motivation, social dilemmas, and discrimination.
Psychology courses can also be found in the undergraduate neuroscience program, and the university also offers an 18-credit minor with free electives in, among other areas, health psychology and thesis research.
The undergraduate psychology program at Wesley College in Dover is designed to provide aspiring professionals with a broad overview of the field, as well as to help interested students prepare for graduate school. In addition to the opportunity for directed research, students can also join the Psychology Club or the National Honor Society, Psi Chi.
The Bachelor of Arts program allows for a concentration in clinical psychology and requires 42 credits of major coursework in, among other areas, human development and behavioral neuroscience. Under the direction of the 4-member faculty, students also take classes in abnormal and cognitive psychology, attend a senior seminar and participate in an internship.
Wesley College also offers two 18-credit minors in general and developmental psychology. Through the latter, undergraduates can study child and adolescent or educational psychology and learn about developmental psychopathology.
Wilmington University offers an undergraduate psychology program online and at its campuses in Dover, Georgetown, and New Castle. As with the program at Wesley College, it can help students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to apply to graduate school, and it includes studies in developmental and organizational psychology. Qualified undergraduates may also be interested in joining the Delaware Beta campus chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, an international honor society.
All psychology majors complete 42 credits of core coursework, including studies of ethnic and minority groups, behavioral science ethics and inferential statistics. Students can also choose electives in research and senior seminars in behavioral science or psychology. Additional program features include 18 credits of psychology electives.
Delaware requires all practicing psychologists to be licensed, and the requirements include a satisfactory score on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Candidates must also have a doctoral degree in psychology and 1,500 hours of supervised work experience (post-doctoral).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Psychology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Delaware State University||4-year, public; small city|| Minor in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
| $7,868 in-state;
|Goldey-Beacom College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Minor in Psychology,
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (concentration in organizational psychology)
|University of Delaware||4-year, public; large suburb|| Minor in Psychology,
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience,
PhD in Clinical Science,
PhD in Cognitive Psychology,
PhD in Social Psychology
| $13,680 undergraduate in-state;
$34,310 undergraduate out-of-state;
|Wesley College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city|| Minor in General Theory or Developmental Psychology,
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
|Wilmington University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Psychology||$11,210*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.