Psychology (BA)

Program Description

Courses in psychology (PSYC) are designed to provide the student with an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human behavior and the context for understanding the behavior of the individual.

Learning Outcomes

 Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. 
  • Discuss the occupational pursuits available in a variety of settings given their psychological knowledge, skills, and values.
  • Analyze and apply research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. 
  • Implement the use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to examine problems related to psychology. 
  • Discuss the factors contributing to diversity, multiculturalism, and inequality within and among nations.
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Special Requirements

  • A minimum of 46 credit hours must be selected from within psychology. Within the required 46 hours, 24 hours must be at the 3000 level and above with at least 9 hours at the 4000 level.
  • In addition to the psychology requirements, a minimum of three hours in a non-native language (expertise demonstrated by course work or testing) are required for the major. Courses used towards the International Language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language. Students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English will be considered to have achieved their foreign language requirement if they successfully pass an ESL test of their English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL).
  • No more than 6 credit hours obtained in senior thesis, practica, independent learning experiences, reading courses, and assessment of prior learning may be applied toward the 46 credit hours required for a major.
  • Transfer students can apply up to 15 credit hours of approved PSYC course work from other colleges/universities towards the PSYC major. Students may transfer in 3 credit hours of approved foreign language course work to meet the International Language requirement for psychology.
  • Courses completed with a grade below a C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 46 required credit hours
  • 3 international language requirement credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

Required Courses

Within the 46 credit hours students are required to complete the following courses:

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1 hour)
  • PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3550 History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4900 Senior Overview
    -OR- PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis (3 hours)

At least ONE course must be completed from EACH of the following five content areas:

Biological and Evolutionary Perspectives

    • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality (3 hours)
    • PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency (3 hours)
    • PSYC 4650 Physiological Psychology (3 hours)

Clinical and Counseling Perspectives

    • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3900 Introduction to Counseling (3 hours)
    • PSYC 4225 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 hours)

Lifespan Development Perspectives

    • PSYC 2200 Child Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
    • PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 hours)

Learning and Cognitive Perspectives

    • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3850 Sensation and Perception (3 hours)

Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

    • PSYC 3575 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3475 International Psychology (3 hours)

Psychology Electives (15 hours)