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

  • 2017 Psych Major Requirements
  • 34 credit hours of psychology (16 hours must be in residence) must be completed, as specified below. All psychology courses must be completed with a grade of C or greater.
  • Students pursuing a professional career in psychology are advised that the master’s degree is the minimum training necessary.
  • Prospective psychology majors should select courses with advice from department faculty.
  • 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. These courses can provide invaluable experience and 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 2017 through Present)

  • Required Courses in Psychology (16 hours)
    • PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    • PSYC 2340 (3335) 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
  • One course from the following (3 hours)
    • PSYC 3330 Health Psychology
    • PSYC 3350 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 3356 Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC 3360 Abnormal Psychology
  • 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
  • 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