Many students seek post-baccalaureate (post-bac) degrees in psychology because they plan to later pursue graduate training; however, you should be aware that many graduate schools in psychology do not require a major in psychology. If you are planning to go to graduate school we suggest you research the requirements for the schools with your programs of interest.
University Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree
1. Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in residence (excluding credit by examination, e.g., DEP, CLEP, AP, DANTES, IB, etc.) beyond their first degree.
2. Only credit earned at UALR after completion of the first degree will normally apply toward the second degree. However, a student in the final semester of studies toward the first degree may complete the course load for that semester with courses applicable to the second degree provided the student files a written statement of intent with the Office of Records and Registration at the time of registration.
3. A major must be completed. Coursework completed within the previous degree satisfies requirements but does not count as hours toward the second degree.
4. A minor is not required.
5. The traditional UALR core is not required, however, if a United States history or government course was not taken and/or foreign language proficiency not demonstrated as a part of another degree previously earned, those requirements must be satisfied with the post-bac degree. If you took a course similar to these courses for your first degree, bring a copy of the transcripts to the relevant department chair. A course substitution form may be necessary.
Things to remember:
- All coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to be counted toward post-bac degree.
- The Department of Psychology MUST assist in course registration EVERY semester – IF YOU ARE REGISTERED AS A POST-BACCALAUREATE STUDENT, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR CLASSES WITHOUT AN OVERRIDE FROM THE DEPARTMENT.
- Be mindful of strategic course sequencing. For example, you must take PSYC 3435 (Statistics & Methods I) before taking PSYC 3341 (Research Methods).