Psychology Major — B.A.
The psychology B.A. program combines a strong focus in psychology with breadth of study across the traditional liberal arts fields. Through our curriculum, students are introduced to the broad discipline of psychology and its applications to real-world problems. In our program, students learn to communicate empirical and theoretical information effectively with different audiences and in different modes, develop scientific reasoning and problem solving skills, and become well prepared for further education and other professional pursuits. The psychology B.A. program provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in authentic engagement with and contributions to communities through hands-on learning, collaborative/interdisciplinary research, internships, and independent study.
One of the defining features of the psychology B.A program is the three-semester research team experience, which involves collaboration on original research with other students under the direction of a faculty member in one of a variety of fields in psychology. The interaction of students and faculty in actual research helps shape students’ perceptions of psychology as a social-intellectual activity rather than as a body of static knowledge to be passively assimilated.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in industry, government, and private human service organizations, as well as for graduate study in psychology and related fields.
A student in the Department of Psychology typically may take no more than 12 credits of any combination of research team, independent study or independent research, internship, and honors work with the same faculty member.
|Psychology B.A. Major Requirements||48|
|Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 1||28-40|
Psychology majors must take at least two PSYC courses that meet the Sociocultural Competence requirement (CC).
|PSYC 10300||General Psychology||3|
|PSYC 11400||Psychology Professional Development I||3|
|PSYC 20700||Statistics in Psychology||4|
|Level 2 Exploration and APA Communication Skill (ACS) Development|
|Select two from the following list, at least one of which must be designated as an ACS course:||6|
|Positive Psychology (ACS)|
|Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts (CC)|
|Matters of the Mind: The Neuron and Beyond|
|Conservation Psychology: Psychology for a Sustainable World (CC)|
|Culture and Psychology (ACS, CC)|
|Psychology of Women (CC)|
|Social and Cultural Issues in the History of Psychology (ACS, CC)|
|Upper Level Psychology Courses|
|PSYC 30800||Research Methods in Psychology||3|
|PSYC 30900||Methods of Testing and Assessment||3|
|PSYC 31100||Behavioral Neuroscience||3|
|PSYC 31600||Social Psychology||3|
|PSYC 32100||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSYC 302xx||First Semester Research Team||2|
|PSYC 303xx||Second Semester Research Team||2|
|PSYC 304xx||Third Semester Research Team||2|
|PSYC 36100||Infant, Child and Adolescent Development (CC)||3|
|or PSYC 36600||Adulthood and Aging|
|PSYC 39800||Psychology Professional Development II||1|
|PSYC 492xx||Senior Seminar in Psychology||3|
|PSYC 49800||Capstone in Psychology||1|