The Psychology degree was developed to enable students to think scientifically about behavior and mental processes, develop research and assessment skills, and to use those skills to solve everyday problems. Students who complete the degree in psychology may choose to work in various fields such as assessment, advising, research, and crisis prevention and intervention. Additionally, students may choose to attend graduate school in order to work in fields such as clinical psychology, educational psychology, social work, marriage and family counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and school counseling. The broad application of psychology in other disciplines makes the courses suitable for students from other majors. The guidelines provided by the American Psychological Association (2013) for undergraduate psychology majors were used to develop the program and student learning outcomes.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Psychology major, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological concepts and theories (Content).
2. Understand research design, analysis, and interpretation (Content and Critical Thinking).
3. Develop critical thinking skills (Critical Thinking).
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology (Content).
5. Demonstrate proficiency in using technology (Content).
6. Develop written and oral communication skills (Communication).
7. Recognize, understand and respect diversity (Content).
As a result of successful completion of the Psychology Program, graduates will have:
1. Attained a variety of relevant courses in psychology which will enhance personal, academic, and career goals;
2. Demonstrated basic principles of research design and analysis;
3. Used APA style in written assignments;
4. Explored ethical principles for psychologists in academic and applied settings;
5. Prepared applications for graduate and professional school; and
6. Developed meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.
Major in Psychology
Required courses for the major in Psychology
The major in Psychology consists of a minimum of 43 hours. Required courses are:
Minor in Psychology
Required courses for the minor in Psychology
A minor in psychology consists of a minimum of 21 credit hours. The following courses are required for a minor in psychology:
JUNIOR YEAR Spring Semester
Students may take 4 credits of electives this semester.
SENIOR YEAR Fall Semester
Students may take 6 credits of electives this semester.