Psychology, Bachelor of Arts - PSYC

Major Requirements (34 Hours)

Recommended Courses
To fulfill General Education Requirements, one of the following sequences is highly recommended:
Foundations of Molecular Biology
and Foundations of Ecology and Evolution
and Foundations of Cellular Biology
and Foundations of Form and Function
Finite Mathematics (or higher ) 1
Required
PSYC 156Introduction to Psychology: Culture and Systems3
or PSYC 157 Introduction to Psychology: Science for the Citizen
PSYC 158Orientation to Psychology1
PSYC 324Statistics in Psychology3
PSYC 325Research Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 493
PSYC 494
Quantitative Senior Seminar in Psychology
and Quantitative Senior Seminar in Psychology
3
or PSYC 495 Senior Seminar in Psychology
Level Two
Select two of the following:4-7
Child Development
Child Development Laboratory
Psychology of Personality
Neuropsychology
and Neuropsychology Laboratory (lab optional)
Cultural Psychology 2
Level Three
Select two of the following:6-7
Foundations of Neuroscience
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
and Cognitive Psychology Laboratory (lab optional)
Level Four
Select two of the following:6
Immersive Intercultural Psychology
Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
Psychology of Women
Stress and Resilience Across the Lifespan
Psychology of Violence
Stereotyping and Prejudice
Historical Roots of Modern Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Psychology and Poverty
Psychological Assessment
Clinical Psychology
Select three credit hours of applied work:3
Practicum in Clinical and Community Psychology
Independent Research in Psychology
Independent Study in Psychology
Internship in Psychology
Laboratory Requirement
In addition to Research Methods, a minimum of two lab courses are required.
Total Credits33-37

Advanced Writing Proficiency

The Advanced Writing Proficiency requirement in psychology is designed to foster the development of a wide range of psychological writing skills and styles, including the following:

  • the analysis and synthesis of research literature using scientific (i.e., APA style) writing;
  • case study descriptions of child and adult development;
  • report of a scientific research project and structured lab observations;
  • personal reflections on the intersection of theory, research, and person experiences;
  • reasoned position papers using empirical evidence to support the student’s argument.

Students complete a designated set of papers to demonstrate competence in various writing skills and proficiency in specific styles of psychological writing.

Senior Comprehensive

Psychology majors may complete one of two types of Senior Comprehensive projects in psychology:

  1. an extensive review of the literature on a psychological topic, or
  2. an empirical research study that the student proposes and conducts independently.

Students present their senior comprehensive projects to the psychology faculty and their peers. Satisfactory completion of the PSYC 495 Senior Seminar in Psychology or PSYC 493 Quantitative Senior Seminar in Psychology and PSYC 494 Quantitative Senior Seminar in Psychology classes, their projects, and presentations, satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement.