Psychology Major

The Psychology major offers a traditional, basic program of courses in psychology, covering major content areas and preparing students for graduate training. A special emphasis of the program is on research and applied areas, such as mental health counseling, consistent with common student interests and current trends in the field.

The Psychology major provides excellent preparation for a number of careers in such areas social services, health care, government, business and teaching (in conjunction with the education major or an advanced degree). In addition, students wishing to continue their education at the graduate or professional level in the behavioral sciences will find that the Psychology major provides a solid foundation for both.

Internship opportunities are included in the major and offer real life experiences in preparation for future careers.

Students completing the Psychology major will:

Students completing the Psychology major will: apply psychological theory and concepts to everyday world, demonstrate psychological information literacy, use proper APA-style in written format, effectively deliver and structure an oral presentation, adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels.

Psychology Major Requirements
  • PSYC 101 Careers in Psychology 1 hr.
  • PSYC 131 General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 271 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 376 Cognitive Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 377 History and Systems of Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 499 Psychology Senior Seminar 2 hrs.
  • SSCI 347 Research Methods 3 hrs.
  • Internship: 6 hrs.
  • Electives in Psychology (additional PSYC courses at least six of the nine credits should be 300-level or above)  9 hrs.
    (Electives may not be support courses, divisional courses or courses used for another major or minor.)

Select one course from each of the following groups (Total 9 hrs.):

Group A.

  • PSYC 382 Biopsychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 336 Motivation and Emotion 3 hrs.
Group B.

  • PSYC 209 Social Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 240 Theories of Personality 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 374 Psychology of Gender 3 hrs.
Group C.

  • PSYC 324 Child Psychopathology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 372 Positive Psychology 3 hrs.

Total 45 hrs.

Required Psychology Support Courses

All Psychology majors must complete the following with a grade of C- or better:

  • ENG 311 Expository Writing 3 hrs.
  • COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking  3 hrs.

Recommended Psychology Program Support Courses

  • PHIL 215 Ethics for Life and Career   3 hrs.
Psychology Minor Requirements: Total 18 Hours
  • PSYC 131: General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SSCI 347: Research Methods 3 hrs.
  • Electives in Psychology: 3 hrs.

Select one course from each of the following groups (Total 9 hrs.):

Group A.

  • PSYC 382 Biopsychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 336 Motivation and Emotion 3 hrs.
Group B.

  • PSYC 209 Social Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 240 Theories of Personality 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 374 Psychology of Gender 3 hrs.
Group C.

  • PSYC 324 Child Psychopathology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology 3 hrs.
  • PSYC 372 Positive Psychology 3 hrs.