A major in psychology will prepare you for positions in human services, research, and education-related fields. The program approaches psychology as an academic discipline, a profession, and a science.
The psychology major is available through the Social Sciences Department. Social science courses offer experience in project-based coursework and opportunities for original scholarly research, incorporating field trips and off-campus study throughout the United States and abroad. In recent years, psychology faculty members and students researched topics such as parenting and personality, memory processes, and stress and adjustment. In addition, students assisted faculty in researching human rights, democratization studies, civil discourse, and service learning.
The psychology program, part of the Social Sciences Department, approaches psychology as an academic discipline, a profession, and a science. Faculty present the field of psychology as one that is diverse and exciting. All faculty members hold a Ph.D. degree in a specialized area of psychology and actively pursue professional and research interests. Students can collaborate with faculty members on a variety of projects and programs. Students may work with professional service providers in an off-campus field experience, gaining job-relevant skills and knowledge in a clinical, educational, or human services setting.
- Demonstrate command of theory, concepts, and methods in the core content areas of psychology (learning/memory, developmental, abnormal, clinical/counseling, and social/organizational).
- Use critical thinking skills in evaluating psychological theory, research, and practice and apply accepted methods and principles of research in developing, conducting, and reporting an original psychology research project.
- Appreciate the role of psychology as a science and practice aimed at improving human welfare and understand the professional/ethical responsibilities that accompany this role.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationship skills and a sense of professionalism in interactions with others (such as peers, clients, research participants, professionals, administrators).
- Communicate written and oral information in accordance with professional and scholarly standards.
11 course credits:
- PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 270 Perspectives in Psychology I
- PS 321 Research Methods and Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences or
- PSY 321 Research Methods and Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences or
- SO 321 Research Methods and Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences
- PS 421 Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis or
- PSY 421 Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis or
- SO 421 Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
- PSY 470 Perspectives in Psychology II
- One PSY course credit numbered 300 or higher (excluding PSY 381)
- One PSY course credit (excluding PSY 381)
One course credit from:
- PSY 422 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
- PSY 423 Advanced Social Psychology
- PSY 424 Advanced Clinical Psychology
- PSY 425 Advanced Human Development
- PSY 426 Advanced Neuropsychology
Four course credits from:
- NSC 135 Biology of the Mind
- PSY 222 Cognitive Psychology
- PSY 224 Abnormal Psychology
- PSY 225 Life Span Human Development
- PSY 229 Theories of Personality
- PSY 240 Social Psychology or
- SO 240 Social Psychology