Psychology Major — B.A.

The psychology B.A. program combines a strong focus in psychology with breadth of study across the traditional liberal arts fields. Through a structured curriculum in psychology and the study of representative subjects in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, students become familiar with intellectual landmarks and the methods of investigation, analysis, and expression in a variety of disciplines, with particular emphasis on psychology. Because the theory and practice of psychology are grounded in research, the psychology B.A. has a strong emphasis on research skills and experience. One of the defining features of the major is that students undertake collaborative research and work closely with one or more faculty members and with other students for three semesters. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in industry, government, and private human service organizations, as well as for graduate study in psychology and related fields.

In the department’s research team program, groups of students and a faculty member conduct programmatic research in such areas as effects of mass media, neuroscience, cognitive development, motivation, social judgment, clinical psychology, educational psychology, and humor. The interaction of students and faculty in actual research helps shape the student’s perception of psychology as a social-intellectual activity rather than as a body of static knowledge to be passively assimilated.

A student in the Department of Psychology typically may take no more than 12 credits of any combination of research team, independent study or independent research, internship, and honors work with the same faculty member.

Credits in the major

PSYC 10300General Psychology

3

PSYC 11300Introduction to Research in Psychology

0 or 2

PSYC 20100Proseminar in Development

3

or

PSYC 20500Life-Span Development: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

3

PSYC 20200Proseminar in Motivation

3

PSYC 20700Statistics in Psychology

4

PSYC 30800Research Methods in Psychology

3

PSYC 30900Methods of Testing and Assessment

3

PSYC 31100Behavioral Neuroscience

3

PSYC 31600Social Psychology

3

PSYC 32000Personality

3

or

PSYC 32100Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYC 33000Cognition

3

PSYC 30200-30299First Semester Research Team

2

PSYC 30300-30399Second Semester Research Team

2

PSYC 30400-30499Third Semester Research Team

2

PSYC 49200-49299Senior Seminar in Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:42

Note: PSYC 20100 or PSYC 20500 can be substituted with a relevant life-span development course approved by the department, if taken before declaring the major.

Summary

Total requirements for the major

42

Electives

78

Total, B.A. in psychology

120

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