B.A. in Psychology

Students completing a B.A. in Psychology should be able to…

  • demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  • demonstrate the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.
  • demonstrate the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  • demonstrate competence in writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  •  apply psychology-specific content and skills, engage in effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

For a full explanation of the Psychology B.A. program goals, click here.

Requirements for a B.A. in Psychology

  • Minimum requirements for a psychology major are 34 credit hours of psychology (16 hours must be in residence) as specified below. All psychology courses must be completed with a grade of C or greater to be counted toward the major.
  • Students pursuing a professional career in psychology are advised that the master’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 (3-credit Internship), 3469 (4-credit Internship), 4221 (2-credit independent study), 4321 (3-credit independent study), and 4495 (practicum) 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 applications to graduate school. A maximum of six hours of these courses can be applied toward the major.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Catalog Year Fall 2012 through Present)

  • Required Courses in Psychology (16 hours)
    • PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    • PSYC 2340 Statistics and Methods I
    • PSYC 3342 (2341) Statistics and Methods II
    • PSYC 3341 Research Methods I
    • PSYC 3320 Introduction to Applied Psychology
    • PSYC 4100 Senior Synthesis
  • One course from the following (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3330 Health Psychology
    • PSYC 3350 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 3356 Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC 3360 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 4337 Adult Psychology and Aging
  • One course from the following (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3305 Sensation-Perception
    • PSYC 3380 Cognitive Psychology
    • PSYC 4320 Physiological Psychology
    • PSYC 4330 Learning and Memory
  • One course from the following (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3370 Industrial Psychology
    • PSYC 3375 Psychology of Consumer Behavior
    • PSYC 4325 Personnel Psychology
    • PSYC 4363 Organizational Psychology
    • PSYC 4380 Human Factors Psychology
  • Psychology Electives (9 upper-level hours)
  • Core Requirements (44 hours) – If your catalog year is PRIOR TO SPRING 2015
  • Core Requirements (35 hours) – If your catalog year is SPRING 2015 OR AFTER
  • Second Language Proficiency
  • Minor requirements completed
  • 45 credit hours of upper-level (3000-level or above) coursework
  • 120 credit hours total
  • A minimum g.p.a. of 2.0 in the major, minor and overall

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