Psychology and Sociology

Psychology

Bachelor’s graduates in psychology may find jobs in human resources, education, public affairs, mental health facilities, and social services. A degree in psychology is also a good choice for careers in other fields because employers value psychology graduates’ research, writing, and analytic skills as well as their understanding of people. Some graduates pursue a graduate degree, Master’s or PhD, to prepare them for careers as researchers, psychologists and professors.

Required Courses for the American BA degree:

Required Courses for the American BA degree:

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1 credit hour)
  • PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
  • PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods
  • PSYC 3550 History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology
  • PSYC 4900 Senior Seminar or PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis

Plus one course must be completed from each of the following five content areas:

Biological and Evolutionary Perspectives:

  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency
  • PSYC 4650 Physiological Psychology

Clinical and Counseling Perspectives

  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory
  • PSYC 3900 Intro to Counseling
  • PSYC 4225 Intro to Clinical Psychology

Lifespan Development Perspectives

  • PSYC 2200 Child Psychology
  • PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 2300 Human Development
  • PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

Learning and Cognitive Perspectives

  • PSYC 3325 Psychology of Learning Processes
  • PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
  • PSYC 3850 Sensation and Perception

Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives:

  • PSYC 3475 International Psychology
  • PSYC 3575 Organizational Behavior
  • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology

Plus 5 electives in Psychology, 10 GCP courses and 17 electives courses.

Program 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.

Sociology

Courses in anthropology and sociology (ANSO) are designed to help students develop a multicultural understanding of the human experience and the analytical skills necessary for critically evaluating the diversity of human belief systems.

Required Courses for the American BA degree:

Required Courses for the American BA degree:

  • SOCI 1100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 1800 Careers in Sociology (1 credit hour)
  • SOCI 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
  • SOCI 2825 Introduction to Research Methods
  • SOCI 3550 Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 4900 Senior Overview or SOCI 4825 Senior Thesis

Plus one course must be completed from each of the following five content areas:

Social Interaction and Change

  • SOCI 2175 Social Movements
  • SOCI 3175 Social Psychology
  • SOCI 4175 Globalization and Social Change

Social Institutions

  • SOCI 2275 Topics in Social Institutions
  • SOCI 3275 Work and Occupations
  • SOCI 4275 Sociology of Mass Communications

Crime, Deviance and Social Control

  • SOCI 2350 Criminology Theory
  • SOCI 2375 Social Problems
  • SOCI 3375 Deviance and Social Control

Inequality

  • SOCI 2475 Sex and Gender
  • SOCI 3475 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI 4475 Class, Status and Power

Demography and Community

  • SOCI 2575 Cities and Suburbs
  • SOCI 3575 Human Ecology
  • SOCI 4575 Social Demography

Plus 4 other Sociology courses, 10 GCP courses, and 18 elective courses.

Program Outcomes:

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

  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in sociology.
  • Analyze and apply research methods in sociology, 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 sociology.
  • Evaluate the diversity within and across countries.
  • Assess, explain, and predict the effect of structural factors on personal, social, and organizational issues.