Bachelor in Psychology

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Program Description

Bachelor in Psychology

Majoring in psychology opens the door to a world of possibilities, and OWU psychology alumni are doing vital work in many fields across the country. Psychology majors collect and analyze data and learn to communicate the observed trends. Many also engage in unique projects with professors.

About the Major

As a Psychology major at OWU, you'll study a broad range of topics:

  • from the social and intellectual development of the person to the prevention and treatment of psychological disorders,
  • from operant and Pavlovian analyses of behavior to models of human thought processes,
  • from the analysis of brain circuits to the mechanisms of long-term memory,
  • from the behaviors of persons in isolation to group behavior in organizations,
  • from the biological bases of visual perception to the therapeutic means of treating people with schizophrenia.

You will complete courses that span the breadth of the field, but you'll also have the freedom to choose from a number of courses to fulfill those requirements. Many students combine their psychology major or minor with a major in another field.

Psychology Major

The department provides a variety of courses in psychology useful to both students with a general interest in the field and those interested in pursuing graduate or professional training. Although the overall emphasis of the department is to provide students with a broad background in the scientific aspects of the discipline, students also acquire the skills necessary to apply that knowledge. Students can focus their study on one or several areas of psychology ranging from the social and intellectual development of the person to the prevention and treatment of psychological disorders, from operant and Pavlovian analyses of behavior to models of human thought processes, from the microscopic analysis of brain circuits to the mechanisms of long-term memory, from the behaviors of persons in isolation to group behavior in organizations, from the biological bases of visual perception to the therapeutic means of treating people with schizophrenia. One-on-one work with a faculty member is strongly encouraged for each major, either in empirical research or in an apprenticeship.

Course prerequisites in Psychology are largely handled through our tiering system. With a few exceptions, courses in Psychology are categorized into three tiers. Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110) is the only Tier 1 course and, as such, has no prerequisites. Tier 2 courses are those that are appropriate for students to take early in their psychology careers, while Tier 3 courses are appropriate for more advanced students.

PSYC 210 is a course that teaches statistical theory and techniques that are used in psychological research. Because of significant content overlap, students may not receive credit for PSYC 210 and credit for any other statistics course (i.e., MATH 105, MATH 200 3, or MATH 230). When PSYC 210 serves as a required prerequisite for another course in the department, MATH 105, MATH 200 3, or MATH 230 will satisfy the prerequisite requirement. Students intending to major in psychology are encouraged to take PSYC 210 as opposed to any of the other statistics courses. A maximum of one freshman honors tutorial may count as a Tier 2 course for the purpose of determining eligibility to enroll in Tier 3 courses. For a comprehensive list of the prerequisites for each course, see the course listing later in the catalog.

Learning Objectives

Students who graduate with a psychology major will be able to

  • Describe and apply key concepts, principles and overarching themes from each of the major’s distribution areas
  • Effectively communicate psychological knowledge to audiences of varying levels of scientific expertise
  • Critically evaluate claims involving psychology and psychological science
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

Major Requirements

A minimum of nine units of credit in psychology.

The major consists of three core courses: Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110), Quantitative Methods (PSYC 210) (or MATH 105, MATH 200 3, or MATH 230), and Research Methods (PSYC 310). A minimum of 6 additional elective units of credit in the department are required with at least one unit of credit from each of categories A through E listed below. The remaining unit(s) can be from any category. Credit/no entry courses will not count toward the major. Students must complete a minimum of five of the major courses at Ohio Wesleyan. Research Methods courses taken at other institutions will not be counted in place of PSYC 310. Students are encouraged to take the required statistics course at Ohio Wesleyan rather than transferring a course from another institution for this requirement, as courses are taken at other institutions often do not provide adequate preparation for PSYC 310.

Group A: Neuroscience

  • PSYC 255 - Clinical Neuroscience
  • PSYC 342 - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 349 - Affective Neuroscience
  • PSYC 343 - Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 344 - Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (.25 units)
  • PSYC 345 - Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC 346 - Sensation and Perception
  • NEUR 374 - Topics in Neuroscience

Group B: Thinking and Adaptive Behavior

  • PSYC 267 - Behavioral Decision Making
  • PSYC 363 - Learning
  • PSYC 364 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 366 - Behavior Modification

Group C: Psychology Across the Lifespan

  • PSYC 282 - Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 275 - Applied Atypical Child Development
  • PSYC 333 - Child Psychology
  • PSYC 336 - Clinical Child Psychology
  • PSYC 288 - Maturity and Age

Group D: Social Aspects

  • PSYC 252 - Social Psychology
  • PSYC 258 - Psychology and the Law
  • PSYC 259 - Personality Psychology
  • PSYC 264 - Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 351 - Psychology of Women and Gender
  • PSYC 323 - Community Psychology
  • PSYC 452 - Social Cognition

Group E: Psychological Health

  • PSYC 262 - Health Psychology
  • PSYC 322 - Abnormal Behavior
  • PSYC 326 - Public Health: Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues
  • PSYC 327 - Counseling and Psychotherapy

Tier 2

The following ten courses comprise Tier 2. In order to enroll in these courses, students must complete Introduction to Psychology with a grade of C- or better.

  • PSYC 252 - Social Psychology
  • PSYC 255 - Clinical Neuroscience
  • PSYC 258 - Psychology and the Law
  • PSYC 259 - Personality Psychology
  • PSYC 262 - Health Psychology
  • PSYC 264 - Organizational Psychology (also listed as BUS 264)
  • PSYC 267 - Behavioral Decision Making
  • PSYC 282 - Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 288 - Maturity and Age
  • PSYC 275 - Applied Atypical Child Development

Note(s):

Checklists for the major and both minors can be found on the department’s website.

All psychology courses except PSYC 210, PSYC 310, and PSYC 420 will serve partially to fulfill Group I (Social Sciences) distribution requirements for graduation.

Undergraduate Research

Independent research is a central element of The OWU Connection. Students have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty to pursue their research interests and to create new knowledge. Some students may contribute to ongoing research investigations in a faculty member’s lab; others design an investigation of a research question of their own interest. These collaborations may last more than one semester, and students with very strong projects may present their results at professional conferences.

Internships

No matter what your interest or major, there’s likely a valuable internship for you through The OWU Connection.

Ohio Wesleyan students intern in governmental agencies, private sector business, and legal firms, nonprofit advocacy organizations, medical & scientific research facilities, media outlets, think tanks, and more.

Inspired Teaching

OWU faculties are outstanding scholars and researchers—and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.

They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique I³ lectures.

A Look at Psychology

Last updated August 2018

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