Oct 25, 2020  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, BA


In keeping with the University’s mission, the Psychology department is devoted to discovering, communicating, and applying knowledge 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.

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:

Degree Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. Core Curriculum Program
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Major Requirements**
  4. University Electives
  5. Foreign Language Requirements
  Total 120

*First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:


**Hours in the major include 1 hour from MATH 1442 

Psychology Electives - 5 courses 15 hrs


MATH 1442  or its equivalent is a prerequisite course for taking PSYC 3411 - Experimental Psychology . The student should take Statistical Methods (MATH 1442  or its equivalent) in the sophomore year, followed by Experimental Psychology early in the junior year.

In order to register for PSYC 4309 , students must first complete 24 hours of psychology coursework.