Psychology Pathway

Undergraduate Major in Psychology

All students must fulfill the General Education requirements, which are detailed in the Psychological Sciences Advising Packet. Thereafter, the student will begin to more rigorously pursue the major requirements for Psychology.

The undergraduate program in Psychology is made up of a structured curriculum where students develop a thorough understanding of concepts and principles that attempt to explain human behavior and mental processes. This program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, which prepares students to (1) obtain entrance into graduate programs in any field of Psychology and/or (2) begin work as a non-professional in a variety of settings where a liberal arts background plus interpersonal skills are needed.

Planned Program of Study for Majors

The planned core program of study for Psychology majors includes taking an important introductory General Education course, Introduction to Psychological Sciences (PSY 2301), which is required for all majors; taking Writing for the Psychological Sciences in order to learn APA style for writing papers and research projects (PSY 2430); taking Research Methods and Statistics I and II to provide a basis for understanding how to propose and conduct research and for understanding how to use statistics to analyze data which are collected (PSY 3401 and PSY 4401); and taking the major capstone course, Senior Seminar in Psychology (PSY 4440).

Students must also take two courses from two areas and one course from one area of our Foundations areas of study (Biological and Cognitive Foundations; Community, Health, and Counseling Foundations; and Social and Developmental Foundations), and two additional elective courses in Psychology. One 4 hour Seminar course with laboratory is also required to complete the major (Seminar in Cognitive, Community, Biological, Counseling, or Social Psychology—offered on a rotating basis each semester).

A student may round out their undergraduate experience by taking additional General Education courses or by taking additional Psychology electives to achieve 120 hours for the B.A. degree in Psychology. We recommend (but do not require) that students who plan to apply to graduate school in Psychology take additional science and mathematics courses, Introduction to Philosophy, and perhaps two semesters of a foreign language if they need to fill credits to reach the 120 total hours of study, because those courses strengthen the student’s breadth of knowledge. Those students who intend to apply to graduate programs should also seek summer research opportunities and work with faculty members on independent research studies (if interested in traditional scientific psychology graduate programs), or seek field work and co-op opportunities (if interested in human services or counseling graduate programs). It is highly important that students who intend to apply to graduate school work toward obtaining and maintaining the highest GPA possible.

Introduction to Psychological Sciences (PSY 2301)Research Participation Requirement

All Introduction to Psychological Sciences (PSY 2301) students must participate in research or complete alternative assignments in order to satisfy course requirements. Students enrolled in PSY 2301 should consult with their respective instructor to clarify the requirements and the number of research credits they need to earn.

Minor in Psychology

Psychology majors are not required to have a minor in another discipline. If you are a student whose major is not Psychology and you wish to minor in Psychology, we have provided a list of possible courses that can be taken to satisfy the 18 hour minor requirement in Psychology below.

*PSY 2301
Introduction to Psychological Sciences

PSY 2308
Psychology of Adjustment

PSY 2310
Psychology of the
Exceptional Child

PSY 3301
Biological Psychology

PSY 3302

PSY 3303

PSY 3305
Motivation and Emotion

PSY 3306
Abnormal Behavior

PSY 3307
Social Psychology

PSY 3308
Cognitive Psychology

PSY 3309
Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSY 3310
Drugs, Addiction/Behavior

PSY 3312
Introduction to Black Psychology

PSY 3316
Principles of Psychological Testing

PSY 3319

Psychology and Law

PSY 3321

Introduction to Community Psychology

PSY 3329

PSY 3336
Lifespan Development

PSY 3346
Principles of Learning

PSY 3348
Sensation and Perception

PSY 3350

Psychology of Human Sexuality

PSY 4301
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 4302

Death, Dying and Bereavement

PSY 4310
Health Psychology

PSY 4321
Group Dynamics

PSY 4331
Counseling Psychology

PSY 4336

History and Systems in Psychology

PSY 4337
Special Topics in Psychology

PSY 4338
Psychological Foundations/Education


* required prerequisite for any Psychology course.

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