Psychology Major

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

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.

PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR

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).

Program Outcomes

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.

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:

Item #
Title
Sub-Total Credits
21

Course Sequencing

SOPHOMORE YEAR Fall Semester

Item #
Title
200-level Religion  +
3
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
16

SOPHOMORE YEAR Spring Semester

Item #
Title
300-level Religion  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
16

JUNIOR YEAR Fall Semester

Students may take 3 credits of electives this semester. 

Item #
Title
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

JUNIOR YEAR Spring Semester

Students may take 4 credits of electives this semester. 

Item #
Title
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
General Elective (1 credit)  +
1
Sub-Total Credits
14

SENIOR YEAR Fall Semester

Students may take 6 credits of electives this semester. 

Item #
Title
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

SENIOR YEAR Spring Semester

Students may take 12 credits of electives this semester. 

Item #
Title
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor of Arts