Department of Psychology
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Judith Pena-Shaff, Associate Professor and Chair
The department offers two degrees, a bachelor of arts in psychology and a bachelor of science in applied psychology, as well as a minor in psychology.
The Departments of Psychology and Sociology also are partners in offering an interdisciplinary minor in counseling (see Counseling Minor in the Interdisciplinary Studies section). To complete the minor, students take courses in both psychology and sociology; the minor also has a required internship component to provide practical experience.
The Department of Psychology also offers a number of general psychology courses from which students majoring in other disciplines may select depending upon their individual interests.
Requirements for Honors in Psychology
Students have the opportunity to graduate with departmental honors in psychology. To be eligible, a student must be a psychology major or minor in the junior year, with a 3.00 average in psychology and an overall GPA of 3.00. In exceptional cases, a student with a GPA as low as 2.70 may be considered if performance in psychology courses is outstanding. In any case, grades in psychology courses must not be lower than C.
Honors projects may be lab or field studies or may be based on library research. A student seeking departmental honors needs a faculty sponsor from the psychology department. Other advisers may be required depending on the nature of the project. The project must fall clearly within the field of psychology.
Once the student and sponsor have identified a topic, the student proposes the project to the faculty, both orally and in writing following APA format. After approval, work on the project may begin. While such projects are under way, meetings are scheduled to confirm that progress is being made toward completion. The student must present the finished project to the faculty, both orally and in writing, and the faculty must vote to approve it for honors.
Ordinarily, a student may take no more than 6 credits of honors work in psychology.
Students may receive equivalent credit for PSYC 10300 if they score 4 or 5 on the AP examination in psychology.
See PSYC course