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    Jul 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A.

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The psychology major is composed of a minimum of 32 credits plus a statistics course. Only one psychology course may be transferred into the major (unless the student is a transfer student). The major requirements are broken down into the following elements:

Fundamental Courses

All majors must take:

Students must take four of the following courses:


Four additional credits in psychology are required, and these credits may be from any Psychology course such as another survey course, seminar course, or one of the following courses:

Perspective Taking

The Psychology Department believes it is essential for students to develop cultural perspective-taking. Students are required to take six credits of courses identified as having a Global Learning focus. These courses do not need to be psychology courses. However, PSY 110 - Race in America , PSY 395 - Studies in Psychology , and PSY 308 - Multicultural Psychology  incorporate Global Learning.

Service Learning or Field Experience

Students interested in a career in the helping professions are encouraged to take PSY 265 - The Theory and Practice of Helping , to develop basic listening skills.

Students are required to participate in one service-learning course. This can be fulfilled by taking

Research Skills Development

Students who are interested in attending a research-based graduate program are encouraged to take PSY 390 - Advanced Research . The department also offers PSY 290 - Supervised Study in Psychology , PSY 490 - Special Studies , and PSY 493 - Honors Research , which are opportunities that enhance students’ skills for the workplace and equip them for graduate study.

Students who have questions about whether the prescribed 32-credit major is the most appropriate one for them or who would like to form a composite major may design, in consultation with their psychology advisor, a major program suited to their unique needs and goals. A written copy of this alternate major program is filed with the department chairperson after approval is obtained by the relevant chair(s) and the Registrar. Students interested in an alternative major should contact the Department of Psychology chairperson or their psychology advisor as soon as possible.

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