Psychology (BA)

Arts and 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)
EFFECTIVE FALL 2017 

Psychology BA

 

I. Prerequisites

PSY102Introduction to Psychology* 
MATH111Introduction to Statistics and Probability**,*** 
OR 
MATH115Quantitative Methods for Decision Making**,*** 
OR 
MATH120Pre-Calculus**,*** 
OR 
MATH121Analytic Geometry and Calculus I**,*** 

II. Foundation Courses

12 
PSY226Statistical Methods in Psychology 
PSY330Foundations of Research Methods in Psychology 
PSY362Physiological Psychology 
PSY430Experimental Psychology 

III: Area Studies

15 
Choose five of these courses 
PSY215Human Development 
PSY232Social Psychology 
PSY234Theories of Personality 
PSY238Abnormal Psychology 
PSY253Industrial and Organizational Psychology 
PSY313Sensation and Perception 
PSY319Human Cognitive Laboratory 
PSY321Psychology of Learning Laborotory 

IV. Electives in Psychology****

12 
Choose 12 additional credits in the PSY discipline. 
A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 300-level or above. 
Credit Totals 
Total Psychology Program credits46 
Total Core Curriculum credits36-42 
Total free elective credits32-38 
Total credits for the BA in Psychology120 

Notes:

* PSY 102 may also be taken to fulfill the Flexible Core: Scientific World requirement.
** MATH 111 or MATH 115 or MATH 120 or MATH 121 may also be taken to fulfill the Required Core: Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
***Students not placed directly into one of the MATH courses may be required to take 4 to 8 credits of MATH prerequisites. These credits will subtract from "free electives" credit total.
****No more than one independent study course (PSY 490) can be counted toward the electives in psychology. Field work in Psychology (PSY 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295) cannot be counted toward the electives in psychology.