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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Psychology is the science that endeavors to achieve the goals of observation, description, understanding, prediction and control of behavior and psychological processes. Topical areas of inquiry include: human development, personality theory, neuroscience, learning, memory and cognition, emotion, sensation and perception, interpersonal relationships, personal adjustment, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy. Theoretical perspectives most emphasized over the course of studies include: Neuroscience, cognitive science, behavioral and social learning theories, humanist-existential, poststructural and psychodynamic theories.

Because scientific knowledge of behavior and psychological processes are important to all fields of study, persons majoring in areas other than psychology should enroll in selected courses of interest. For the same reason, choosing psychology as a minor also is encouraged. Students majoring in psychology may work with their advisor to select a guided program of study. An applied program is designed to prepare those who plan to seek employment in community agencies in either the private or public sector immediately following graduation with the bachelor degree. The academic studies program prepares students to pursue studies in psychology at the graduate school level in either practical (i.e., clinical, school, counseling) or experimental (i.e., neuroscience, developmental, social, cognitive) specializations. Psychology majors are expected to understand scientific methods, conduct research, write scholarly research reports in APA style, and present their research findings to peers.


Psychology and Sociology Department

Degree requirements

General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs

  • Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

Psychology Core Requirements 18 sem. hrs

  • (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 175 (SOCI 175) Introduction to Theory-based Research and Writing 3 hrs
  • PSYC 324 (BIOL 324) (SOCI 324) Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences 3 hrs
  • PSYC 325 (SOCI 325) Quantitative Research Methods 3 hrs
  • PSYC 381 History and Systems of Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 495 Integrative Psychology 3 hrs

Psychology Electives 33 sem. hrs

  • At least 21 hours chosen from:
  • PSYC 304 Personality Theory 3 hrs
  • PSYC 330 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 360 (SOCI 360) Social Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 371 (BIOL 371) Neuroscience 3 hrs
  • PSYC 372 (BIOL 372) Sensation and Perception 3 hrs
  • PSYC 410 Learning Theories 3 hrs
  • PSYC 420 Cognitive Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 450 Abnormal Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 460 Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 399 Psychology Internship 1-3 hrs
  • PSYC 499 Advanced Psychology Internship 1-3 hrs
  • Twelve additional hours in psychology are chosen by the student with the approval of a Psychology advisor. Psychology electives should be selected on the basis of career interests. PSYC 399/499 are strongly recommended.

Sport Psychology Emphasis 33 sem. hrs

  • 33 hours of Sport Psychology Emphasis coursework can be used in place of the Psychology Electives above. The 21 hours below; plus 12 additional hours in psychology courses chosen by the student and approved by an advisor.
  • PSYC 280 Psychology of Sport 3 hrs
  • PSYC 360 Social Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 371 Neuroscience 3 hrs
  • PSYC 399 Psychology Internship 3 hrs
  • PSYC 420 Cognitive Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 450 Abnormal Psychology 3 hrs
  • PSYC 460 Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology 3 hrs

Electives 22-25 sem. hrs

  • 120 sem. hrs

Culminating Evaluative Experiences: all students must complete PSYC 495 Integrative Seminar with a grade of C or higher and also a comprehensive exit interview.


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Tuition is $375 per credit hour. You can choose to take online classes, too. (View full tuition)

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Admission requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree


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