|General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Psychology|
Nolen, Amanda, Associate Professor
The mission of the department is to be excellent in teaching, scholarship, and service. The department applies psychological knowledge, skills, and tools to further human welfare and to produce well-trained students. The Psychology Department continuously assesses the quality of its efforts and uses the data to make improvements in the program.
The department offers courses that serve three principal purposes: to help students understand themselves and others by studying factors influencing human behavior, to introduce students to the essentials of the scientific method as applied to behavioral research, and to provide a background for students intending to do graduate study in psychology or an allied field.
Major in Psychology
Minimum requirements for a psychology major are 34 hours of psychology (16 hours must be in residence) as specified below with a grade of C or greater in all psychology courses counted toward the major. Students pursuing a professional career in psychology are advised that the masterâ€™s degree is the minimum training necessary. Prospective psychology majors, regardless of whether they plan to go to graduate school, should select courses with early and continuing advice from the department faculty. It is important that students plan their program of courses carefully. A wide range of courses is recommended as preparation for the requirements of different schools.
PSYC 3369, 3469, 4221, 4321, and 4495 are suggested to upper-level pre-professional majors. They provide experience in the actual work done by professional psychologists in ways not possible in lecture courses and are valuable credentials in application to graduate school. A maximum of six hours of these courses can be applied toward the major.
Psi Chi Chapter
Membership in the UALR Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, is available to students interested in psychology as a topic or as a profession, and who meet the membership requirements. Requirements are:
- Declaring a major or minor in psychology, or completing three semesters of college courses and nine semester hours of psychology courses
- Having an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00, a minimum GPA of 3.00 in psychology courses, and a rank in the upper 35 percent of the class
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence
First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)
Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)
Core (44 hours)
See page 25 for requirement details.
Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)
Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.
Major (34 hours)
Required Courses (16 hours)
PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
PSYC 2340 Statistics and Methods I
PSYC 3342 Statistics and Methods II
PSYC 3341 Research Methods I
PSYC 3320 Introduction to Applied Psychology
PSYC 4100 Senior Synthesis
Focus Areas (9 hours)
Students are required to take at least one upper-level course in each of the following three focus areas:
Focus Area A (3 hours)
PSYC 3330 Health Psychology
PSYC 3350 Social Psychology
PSYC 3356 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 3360 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 4337 Adult Psychology and Aging
Focus Area B (3 hours)
PSYC 3305 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 3380 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 4320 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 4330 Learning and Memory
Focus Area C (3 hours)
PSYC 3370 Industrial Psychology
PSYC 3375 Consumer Psychology
PSYC 4325 Personnel Psychology
PSYC 4363 Organizational Psychology
PSYC 4380 Human Factors Psychology
Psychology Electives (9 upper-level hours in PSYC)
Minor (12-29 hours-Typical minor requires 18 hours)
Unrestricted General Electives
Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.
Minors in Psychology
The department offers three minors serving different objectives.
- Industrial Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- General Psychology
Students may not major and minor in psychology. All three minors require 18 hours, including PSYC 2300. For all minors, a maximum of three hours of independent study, internship, or practicum may be applied to the required hours. Students should be advised that it may take two years to complete a minor since some courses may be offered only every other year.
The remaining 15 hours would be chosen from the following seven courses: applied psychology, personnel psychology, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, human factors psychology, psychology of consumer behavior, psychological tests, and the statistics course (PSYC 2340). A student may substitute a business or mathematics statistics course for psychological statistics. The minor in industrial psychology is designed to complement a variety of majors, including management, marketing, advertising/ public relations, communication, education, sociology, and political science.
The remaining 15 hours would consist of the following courses: developmental, social and personality development, infancy, psychological disorders of childhood, and adolescence.
An additional 15 hours selected from any upper-level courses. It is flexible enough to permit the student to structure a program to meet personal needs and wishes.