2019-2020 Catalog

Major: Psychology, B.A. (2001), 34 Credits

General Education: 42 Credits; Major: 34 Credits; Elective Credits: 43-44 Credits

Learning Goals for the Major in Psychology

After completing the Psychology major, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse areas in psychology;
  • Evaluate and perform research;
  • In both written and oral presentation, communicate psychological material clearly and in appropriate format and style;
  • Apply psychological content and skills to professional or pre-professional tasks.

A. Foundation Skills (6 credits)

Take all of the following:

PSYCH 101General Psychology: Social and Clinical Processes

3

PSYCH 102General Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Processes

3

B. Cognitive and Biological Segment (3 credits)

Take one of the following:

PSYCH 232PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING

PSYCH 237Motivation and Emotion

3

PSYCH 241Perception

3

PSYCH 333/BIOL 333Behavioral Neuroscience

3

PSYCH 359Cognitive Psychology

3

PSYCH 379/BIOL 379Animal Behavior

3

C. Applied and Experiential Segment (3 credits)

Take one of the following:

PSYCH 227Introduction to Community Psychology: Examining Barriers to Solving Social Problems

3

PSYCH 243Introduction to Health Psychology

3

PSYCH 250Introduction to Forensic Psychology

3

PSYCH 285Introduction to Counseling Techniques

3

PSYCH 313Group Dynamics

3

PSYCH 330TESTS & MEASUREMENTS

PSYCH 369Dynamics of Interviewing

3

PSYCH 399Independent Study/Internship

1-6

D. Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Segment (3 credits)

Take one of the following:

PSYCH 201Developmental Psychology I: Child Psychology

3

PSYCH 216Developmental Psych II: Adult Years

3

PSYCH 225Lifespan Development

3

PSYCH 231Personality Psychology

3

PSYCH 235Social Psychology

3

PSYCH 336Attachment Across the Lifespan

3

PSYCH 342Social and Emotional Maladjustment in Children

3

PSYCH 363Abnormal Psychology

3

E. Research Methods Courses (10 credits)

Take all of the following:

PSYCH 223Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences I

3

PSYCH 332Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences II

3

PSYCH 426Experimental Psychology

4

F. Capstone and Integrative Segment (3 credits)

Take one of the following:

PSYCH 411History and Systems

3

PSYCH 491Senior Seminar

3

PSYCH 492Senior Honors Thesis

3

PSYCH 499Independent Study/Internship

1-6

Also two further Psychology electives (6 credits)

Honors in the Psychology Major

(may substitute for a capstone course)

Advanced psychology majors who have obtained a 3.5 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in psychology may apply to participate in an “honors in psychology” program. These students will complete an honors project (an advanced-level paper that is either a sophisticated original empirical research project or a comprehensive, in-depth literature review). If the project meets the requirements of the program, the student will grade with honors in psychology. Students who wish to participate in the program must meet with the Chair of the Department Honors Committee at least one semester in advance of the planned participation.