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BA - Psychology

A degree in psychology can prepare you for a wide variety of career paths. Our Psychology majors are known for their strong communication skills, understanding of human behavior, problem-solving skills, and ability to collect, organize, and analyze information. Our graduates are well-positioned to pursue further graduate training.

The Psychology curriculum challenges students to critically evaluate complex issues in today’s world by exploring the science of human thought and behavior. From core and foundation courses that address general concepts and theoretical perspectives, to specialized electives that allow you to delve more deeply into specific areas of interest. Working closely with their advisor, students are encouraged to combine electives to form a thematic concentration that is personally and professionally meaningful.

Because psychology examines how and why people act, think, and feel, the Psychology Major (or Minor) is particularly useful when combined with other disciplines such as criminal justice, marketing, business communication, and management.

The Psychology Faculty is committed to service as teachers and mentors, helping students define their professional goals both in and out of the classroom through research projects, teaching assistant opportunities, internships and independent study. Students can participate in community service through the Psychology Club and other campus organizations. Students who excel academically may apply to join the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology.

General Education Courses

Communication

College Writing:  1 course to be selected from ENGL 105 or
ENGL 212 (Analytical Writing - Honors only course)

COMM 152  Effective Speaking

Critical Writing, Reading & Research: 1 course to be selected from CRIT 201, ENGL 213, ENGL 214, or other courses upon approval

Advanced Writing:  1 course to be selected from ENGL 320,
ENGL 321, ENGL 342, ENGL 345, or ENGL 346

Leadership and Professional Development

ITM           123           Digital Applications (1 credit)

LEAD         101           Learning to Lead

SEM          139           First-Year Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)

SEM          239           Sophomore Professional Development Seminar (1 credit)

SEM          339           Junior Professional Development Seminar
(1 credit)

SEM          439           Senior Professional Development Seminar
(1 credit)

Professional Development:  1 course to be selected from
COMM 204, COMM 311, COMM 313, FIN 201, ITM 202, or LEAD 203

Social and Behavioral Science

1 course to be selected from ECON 221 or ECON 222

1 course to be selected from GDS 216, HIST, INTD, or PSCI

1 course to be selected from COMM 247, COMM 310, ECON, HIST, PSY, or SOC

Humanities and Global Values

Humanities:  2 courses to be selected from Art, Dance, Literature, Music, Philosophy, or Religion (Selections must be from two different disciplines.)

Global Values:  1 course to be selected from COMM 310,
ECON 313, ENGL 235, ENGL 237, ENGL 238, ENGL 310,
GDS 216, HIST 207, HIST 208, HIST 210, HIST 339, HIST 369, HUM 254, PSCI 324, REL 219, REL 322, SPAN 126, SPAN 127

Math and Applied Science

MATH 215                Statistics

Math:                         1 course to be selected from MATH 117, MATH 122, or MATH 190

Science:                      1 course to be selected from ESCI 233 or
ESCI 243

Math/Science:          1 course to be selected from ECON, ESCI, MATH, or PSY

Liberal Arts Core

Interpreting Our Stories

Origins:  1 course to be selected from ENGL 235, ENGL 236,
ENGL 314, HIST 201, HIST 207, HIST 315, HIST 355

Modern to Contemporary:      1 course to be selected from
ENGL 237, ENGL 238, ENGL 315, HIST 202, HIST 208,
HIST 339, HIST 359, HIST 360, HIST 369, or special topics in HIST or PSCI

Examining The Human Condition

2 courses to be selected from HUM 244, Any course 200 or above in PHIL, PSCI, PSY, REL, SOC, or special topics in INTD

Making Connections

LA              400           Liberal Arts Capstone

Major Courses

Required Courses:

PSY            151           General Psychology

PSY            375           Statistics for the Social Sciences

PSY            475           Research Seminar in Applied Psychology

Psychology Foundations (4 required)

PSY            278           Abnormal Psychology

PSY            308           Psychology of Temperament

PSY            311           Brain and Behavior

PSY            312           Life Span Development

PSY            372           Counseling Psychology

PSY            374           Cognition, Learning and Memory

PSY            462           Social Psychology

Psychology Electives (3 required from courses listed below or additional selections from Psychology Foundation courses listed above)

PSY            277           Psychology of Adolescence

PSY            342           Group Dynamics

PSY                              Special Topics in Psychology (may be taken more than once at 270, 370 or 470 designation)

PSY            490           Internship in Psychology

Free Electives

22 credit-hours of electives

Total Credits Required:           120

NOTE: All courses are 3 credit-hours unless otherwise noted and may meet only one degree requirement.