Undergraduate: Psychology

Program Description

Courses in psychology (PSYC) are designed to provide the student with an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human behavior and the context for understanding the behavior of the individual.

Learning Outcomes

The American Psychological Association (APA) has established 10 learning goals and related learning outcomes for the psychology major. These APA approved learning goals are broadly divided into two main categories, which are as follows:

1. Students will develop knowledge, skills, and values consistent with the science and application of psychology. Upon completion of the program, students should

  • Be able to demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Show respect for and use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline

2. Students will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and values consistent with liberal arts education that are further developed in psychology. Upon completion of the program, students should:

  • Be able to demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.
  • Be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Have developed insight into their own and others' behavior and mental processes and be able to apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  • Have realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Each of the above 10 goals have several specific APA approved outcomes which are addressed in the departments’ curriculum design and assessment plan. Information on each specific outcome can be found at (http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/about/psymajor-guidelines.pdf).

Special Requirements

  • A minimum of 46 credit hours must be selected from within psychology. Within the required 46 hours, 24 hours must be at the 3000 level and above with at least 9 hours at the 4000 level.
  • In addition to the psychology requirements, a minimum of three hours in a non-native language (expertise demonstrated by course work or testing) are required for the major. Courses used towards the International Language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language. Students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English will be considered to have achieved their foreign language requirement if they successfully pass an ESL test of their English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL).
  • No more than 6 credit hours obtained in practica, independent learning experiences, reading courses, and assessment of prior learning may be applied toward the 46 credit hours required for a major.
  • Transfer students can apply up to 15 credit hours of approved PSYC course work from other universities towards the PSYC major. Students may transfer in 3 credit hours of approved foreign language course work to meet the International Language requirement for psychology.
  • Courses completed with a grade below a C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Degree Requirements

46 required credit hours
3 international language requirement credit hours
27 general education credit hours
52 elective credit hours

Within the 46 credit hours students are required to complete the following courses:

PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology     1 hour
PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics     3 hours
PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods     3 hours
PSYC 3550 History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 4900 Senior Overview OR PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis     3 hours

At least ONE course must be completed from EACH of the following five content areas

Biological and Evolutionary Perspectives    
PSYC 4300 Health Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality     3 hours
PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency     3 hours
PSYC 4650 Physiological Psychology     3 hours
Clinical and Counseling Perspectives    
PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology    
PSYC 3775 Personality Theory     3 hours
PSYC 4225 Introduction to Clinical Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 4250 Introduction to Counseling     3 hours
Lifespan Development Perspectives    
PSYC 2200 Child Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development     3 hours
PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging     3 hours
Learning and Cognitive Perspectives    
PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory     3 hours
PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making     3 hours
PSYC 3850 Sensation and Perception     3 hours
Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives    
PSYC 3575 Industrial/Organizational Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 3600 Social Psychology     3 hours
PSYC 3475 International Psychology     3 hours
Psychology Electives     15 hours