Psychology

Programs of Study in Psychology

The psychology major emphasizes skills which are useful for the student interested in careers where knowledge of human behavior and mental processes are important. However, these skills are especially useful for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology and related fields, or careers in mental health services. Students are encouraged to complete a minor in a discipline approved by their advisor and faculty from the chosen discipline.

Bachelor of Science in Social Science
Psychology Major
Core Curriculum Courses Credit Hours
PSY 1100 – Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 3015* – Integrated Statistics and Methodology for Social Science 3
PSY 3060 – Cultural Diversity 3
PSY 3300 – Biopsychology 3
PSY 4720 – Child Development OR
PSY 4740 – Adolescent Development OR
PSY 4780 – Lifespan Development
3
PSY 3080 – Psychology of Learning OR
PSY 4070 – Cognitive
3
PSY 4010 – Abnormal Psychology OR
PSY 4020 – Personality
3
PSY 4990 – Senior Seminar 3
*Students who plan to attend graduate school are encouraged to take the two-course sequence PSY 3025 and PSY 3030 in place of PSY 3015. With the two-course sequence, PSY 3030 will count as an upper level elective. Before making a decision students should consult with an advisor in the Department of Social Sciences.

Students interested in research or graduate study in Psychology should take the following electives:

  • PSY 3080 – Psychology of Learning
  • PSY 3310 – Social Psychology
  • PSY 3500 – History and Contemporary Issues
  • PSY 4070 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 4150 – Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 4970 – Independent Research

Students interested in counseling, mental health, or graduate study in counseling and/or social work should take the following electives:

  • PSY 3350 – Human Motivation
  • PSY 3410 – Psychological Testing
  • PSY 4010 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 4020 – Personality
  • PSY 4770 – Theories of Psychotherapy
  • PSY 4800 – Counseling Techniques
  • PSY 4850 – Practicum in Psychology

The lists are suggested courses for electives based on the student’s field of interest. It is not a comprehensive list of electives.

Minor in Psychology

A minor in Psychology consists of PSY 1100, PSY 3025, PSY 3030, PSY 3300, PSY 4070 OR PSY 3080, PSY 4010 OR PSY 4020 and PSY 4720 OR PSY 4740 for a total of 21 hours. Students may select from any other Psychology electives also.