In keeping with the University’s mission, the discipline of Psychology seeks to discover, communicate, and apply knowledge about human behavior in a complex and changing world. The specific mission of the undergraduate program is three-fold: to provide a basic education within the field of psychology as a foundation for graduate work in a professional field of psychology, such as clinical or counseling psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, or developmental psychology; to provide disciplinary knowledge through a broadly-based curriculum which can be applied to related careers such as human services, business, communications, and research; and to contribute to the education of students majoring in other areas of study.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge Base of Psychology
Students will demonstrate understanding of the concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Research Methods in Psychology
Students will understand and apply research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology
Students will use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology requires a minimum of 37 semester hours in psychology, including General Psychology. At least 25 of these hours must be at the upper-division level. The College of Liberal Arts also requires students in Psychology to take at least 6 hours of a second language.
To earn a degree with a major in psychology, a student must complete a minimum of 37 semester hours of psychology courses exclusively applied to the major and beyond the requirements of the Core Curriculum Program. Within the College of Liberal Arts, only 6 semester hours that count toward a major can be applied to a minor.
A primary objective of the psychology program is to provide the psychology major with a broadly-based education in the discipline. Therefore, all psychology majors are expected to complete the required curriculum listed below. Remaining coursework will be selected by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor and is designed to meet individual students’ needs and interests. The combination of psychology with a minor from another area, such as sociology or communications, often provides more marketable credentials at the bachelor’s level of training.
A course in General Psychology (PSYC 2301 ) or permission of the instructor is required for admission into all psychology courses beyond the 1000-level. The student majoring in psychology shall take the following: