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Bachelor of Arts Psychology

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

Students 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

and two American Studies courses (or multi-cultural course in psychology) and five Psychology electives, at least three of which must be 300 level or higher.

Students may elect to choose their sequence of courses in a selected area of psychology; for example, clinical/ counseling, or developmental psychology. In addition, students and their advisors may develop an individualized sequence of psychology electives. 

Students also complete one of the following courses:

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: BA/MA in Psychology (Forensic)

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. Refer to the Undergraduate Psychology section of the catalog for the application and admission process, as well as degree requirements.

Students in the 4+1 Program follow the following program for completion of the BA/MA in Forensic Psychology.

Psychology 4+1