Psychology

Psychology major

The department offers two majors, a B.A. degree in Psychology and a B.S. degree in Psychological Science. Students planning to attend graduate study in psychology are advised to complete the B.S. option in Psychological Science, which encompasses the following required courses: PSY 1105, 2208, 3216, 3222, 3320, 3327, 3330, 3331, 3423, 4000, 4334. 4335, 4435, six credits of 4555 (DAPP) or 4556 option for double-majors, six credits of PSY electives, and BIO 1102. Only two credits from PSY 2555, 3555, 4444, or 4999 may be applied to the electives requirement, although more credits may be taken if desired.

Students who plan to enter the workforce or attend graduate school in a field other than psychology often chose the B.A. option in Psychology. The smaller number of credits in this major allows students to supplement their study of psychology with a second major or with other courses chosen in consultation with their advisor to suit their future plans. The B.A. option in Psychology requires the following courses: PSY 1105, 2208, 3216, 3222, 3320, 3327, 3330, 3331, 3423, 4000, 4435, and BIO 1102.

Human Services concentration

The Human Services Concentration (HSC) is an option for students completing either the Psychology or Psychological Science major. It provides a focus for future work experience at the baccalaureate degree level, as well as for direct services graduate programs such as a Psy.D.

Coordinator: Gerald Henkel-Johnson, Psy.D.

Required courses:

In addition to the requirements of the Psychology (B.A.) or Psychological Science (B.S.) major, HSC students will also complete: three credits of PSY 2555 or 3555 (two credits also count toward the elective requirements of the B.S. major in Psychological Science), four credits of PSY electives beyond what is required for the major, and four credits of non-PSY HSC electives. Students choose the electives, in consultation with their HSC advisor, from those listed in the HSC Handbook. As well, for the Psychology (B.A.) major, students must complete the PSY 4555 DAPP. To complete PSY and HSC requirements within four years, students should apply for HSC during the junior year.

Psychology minor:

The minor in Psychology is structured to provide a sampling of the main areas of psychology. Students choose one four-credit course or two two-credit courses from each of these five areas:

  • PSY 1105 or 2208;
  • PSY 3222, 3327, 3328, and/or 3363;
  • PSY 3216, 3423, and/or 3424;
  • four credits selected by the student from the following: 3216, 3222, 3315, 3320, 3325, 3327, 3328, 3340, 3341, 3363, 3423, 3424, 3430, 3470, 3550,and/or 2777/3777/ 4777 (or any courses that were not already selected in categories b and c above); and
  • PSY 3330 or 3331.