Fordham University, History of Psychology at
Basic History of the Department
As proclaimed in its logo, Fordham University is the Jesuit University of New York. Psychology at Fordham has been influenced by Catholic and Jesuit traditions and by its location in New York City, with campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan. The university began in 1841 as St. John’s College at Fordham, the Bronx, and a course in Catholic philosophical psychology was introduced in 1862. This mental philosophy course and its successors were required of all seniors up to the Class of 1966. Two of the long-term teachers of this course were Rev. Joseph A. Murphy, S.J., one of the founders of the Psychology Department, and Rev. Joseph F. Donceel, S.J., Ph.D., a philosopher who integrated experimental psychology with Thomism and European phenomenology in his text Philosophical Psychology (Donceel 1961).
The first Physiological Psychology course was offered in 1899. This course was often taught at undergraduate and graduate levels by James J. Walsh, M.D., a...
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