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The Psychology Major

Psychology majors possess the methods and skills that enable them to evaluate published research and think critically about their own ideas and those of others. They are prepared to apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society. They are capable of tolerance for the views of others and able to appreciate the value of diversity. The psychology graduate is well prepared for advanced study in psychology and other fields. In addition, the psychology graduate has the skills useful for a wide range of careers, including human resources, management, marketing, and the mental health professions.

Degree Requirements

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in psychology must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement, COMM 210; a mathematics course at the level of MATH 124 or above (MATH 124 is recommended); the courses listed below, and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives to a minor or second major.

PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology  
PSYCH 240 Quantitative Analysis  
PSYCH 340 Research Methods  
PSYCH 371 History of Modern Psychology  
PSYCH 440 Experimental Psychology with Laboratory

two American Studies courses
Five Psychology electives, at least three of which must be 300 level or higher.

Note: Students, with the help of their advisors, should select electives that form a coherent sequence of courses. Students may choose a sequence in clinical/ counseling, legal/forensic, or developmental psychology. In addition, students and their advisors may develop an individualized sequence of psychology electives.

And (select one of the following)

PSYCH 498 Research Practicum in Psychology  
PSYCH 499 Applied Practicum in Psychology  
PSYCH 451 Senior Thesis in Psychology  

Note: Students completing a thesis in Psychology may substitute credits from Senior Thesis in Psychology (PSYCH 451)for PSYCH 498. Students who are double majors in Psychology may be eligible to have one Internship serve as their requirement for both majors. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students should consult with the Chair of the Psychology Department, as well as the Dean or designee of the second major for final approval.

Psychology 4+1 Program; Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

The 4+1 Program will allow qualified undergraduate psychology majors the opportunity to begin advanced study during their senior year, thus enabling them to complete advanced study in forensic psychology in less time than would generally be required to complete a comparable advanced degree. In this newly developed program, undergraduate psychology majors will have the opportunity to begin working on a master’s degree during their senior year and have those credits count for both the BA and MA degrees. Students discuss their plans to pursue this program with their advisor in their freshman year. Application into the program takes place through the psychology department with the assistance of the graduate program director early in the student’s second year. During this time, admissions requirements are discussed along with the timeline for completing the GRE (typically in the student’s third year as an undergraduate).

Preferred psychology courses in the following areas, prior to enrollment into the Psychology 4+1 are:

  • Personality
  • Abnormal
  • Forensic
  • Developmental
  • Counseling

Students will enroll in 12-15 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, selected from the following list:

PSYCH 501 Research Design  
PSYCH 502 Quantitative Methods I  
PSYCH 503 Forensic Psychology  
PSYCH 505 Introduction to Clinical Assessments:
Objective Tests
PSYCH 509 Methods of Psychotherapy I  
PSYCH 520 Developmental Psychopathology  
PSYCH 521 Adult Psychopathology