Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Academic Program Mission Statement:
Training in psychology creates possibilities for improving human lives, bridging conflicts and making the world a better place. We prepare our students for graduate education and a variety of career roles in human service, education and research settings, equipped with psychological knowledge and skills, insight, and empathy developed through experiential learning and a commitment to social justice. Students majoring in psychology develop an understanding for commonality in human experience, while also fostering an appreciation of individual differences. Our program emphasizes reflection and insight that promotes understanding of self and others. An essential element of the program focuses on inclusivity and respect when working with diverse populations. Scientific inquiry, ethical practice, self-reflection and applied critical thinking are the hallmarks of our psychology graduates.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate depth in knowledge and application of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends and empirical findings in the field of psychology.
  2. Apply scientific reasoning to the design, execution and analysis of psychological research within a biopsychosocial framework.
  3. Integrate professional ethical standards and behaviors as scientists and practitioners as prescribed by the American Psychological Association (APA) and other professional organizations within the discipline.
  4. Exhibit effective communication skills in oral, written and multiple media formats when working in the many fields of psychology
  5. Apply psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills and teamwork skills in their professional roles. 

Recommended Course Sequencing

FIRST YEAR

EN105 Advanced English Composition *
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU102 World History: 1500 to Present
MH204 Pre-Calculus *
PS101 Introduction to Psychology
PS221 Human Development I: Childhood & Adolescence
PS230 Social Psychology or PS233 Community Psychology
SS107 Introduction to Sociology
Ways of Knowing Requirement ***
Elective

SECOND YEAR

EN206 Introduction to Literature
HA215 Health Care Ethics & Law
PS222 Human Development II: Adulthood & Aging or PS240 Psychology of Adjustment
PS235 Abnormal Psychology
SC103 Principles of Biology (4 credits)
SC232 Environmental Science (4 credits)
200-level (or higher) Psychology Elective
Humanities Elective
Psychology Elective
Historical & Global Awareness Requirement ***

THIRD YEAR

HU305 Ethics
PS331 Theories of Personality or PS336 Family Psychology or PS337 Theories & Applications of Counseling & Psychotherapy
PS349 Research Level I: Introduction to Research
PS350 Research Level II: Methods & Statistics
200-level (or higher) Psychology Elective
300-level (or higher) Psychology Electives (2)
Social Science Elective
Diversity & Identity Requirement ***
Elective

FOURTH YEAR

HU400 Synthesis of Liberal Arts
PS360 Brain & Behavior
PS499 Psychology Internship or PS498 Psychology Bachelor Thesis or 300-level (or higher) Psychology Elective
200-level (or higher) Social Science Elective
300-level (or higher) Psychology Electives (2)
Advanced Psychology Seminar Elective
Aesthetic Appreciation Requirement ***
Electives (2)

Total Credits Required For Graduation: 122

* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Sciences elective.
*** See course catalog or this page for liting of courses. 

Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

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