Psychology (BA)

Health and Behavioral Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
HEGIS Number: 2001

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Psychology Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Psychology discipline is to encompass the knowledge, skills, and values that are necessary for students to acquire as undergraduates within the context of a liberal arts education while incorporating the broad theoretical and research bases of psychology using a variety of pedagogical models to prepare them for entrance into the workforce or acceptance into graduate or professional schools upon receipt of the baccalaureate degree. Students will reflect upon the importance of diversity and cross-cultural issues in the discipline. The Psychology major endorses six goals in which students are expected to become proficient by the time they complete the program:

1. Knowledge Base of Psychology: Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

2. Research Methods in Psychology/Quantitative Skills: Students will understand and apply basic research methods and statistics in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

4. Values in Psychology: Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

5. Career Planning and Development: Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

6. Written and Oral Communication Skills: Students learn to write well in a variety of formats and must master the use of APA format through a systematic Writing Plan that addresses needed skills at each level of the undergraduate curriculum. Students learn how to effectively communicate with others and understand sources of potential interpersonal conflict.

Psychology Major Program Goals

Upon completion of the program in Psychology, students will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. (Knowledge Base of Psychology)
  • Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. (Research Methods in Psychology/Quantitative Skills)
  • Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. (Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology)
  • Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline. (Values in Psychology)
  • Students will learn to write well in a variety of formats and must master the use of APA format.
  • Students will learn to effectively communicate with others and understand sources of potential interpersonal conflict. (Written and Oral Communication Skills)
  • Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. (Career Planning and Development)

Psychology BA

 

Major Course Requirements

Complete Groups I, II, and III
33-34 
Group I: Required Psychology Courses (15 credits)  
PSY215 Human Development I - Infancy/Childhood 
PSY326 Statistical Methods in Psychology 
PSY330 Foundations of Research in Psychology 
PSY334 Personality 
PSY401 History of Psychology 

Group II: Choose one course in Area A, B, and C (9 Credits)

 
Only ONE course required in EACH area  
Area A: Choose one of the following:  
PSY319 Human Cognition Laboratory 
PSY321 Psychology of Learning Laboratory 
Area B: Choose one of the following  
PSY332 Social Psychology 
PSY338 Abnormal Psychology 
Area C: Choose one of the following  
PSY313 Sensation and Perception 
PSY362 Physiological Psychology 

Group III: Three additional Psychology Courses

9 - 10 

Note: Group III Courses: The courses in Group II may be used as electives. If, for example, you take Psychology 319 to fulfill Area A, you can use Psychology 321 as an elective in Psychology. Be careful to check the prerequisites for each elective course you choose.

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