The objective of psychology, as a science, is to understand, explain, and predict the behavior of organisms. The Department of Psychology has developed and organized its course offerings to meet three major goals. Click the heading above to learn more about this exciting profession.
All psychology majors are assigned to a faculty member who will serve as their academic advisor. Students may request a specific faculty member if they have a preference. To request a specific advisor or to change advisors, students should see the department secretary.
A student should consult with his or her academic advisor in planning courses schedules and making other academic decisions. The academic advisor is the person to whom a student should take any questions concerning degree requirements or other academic policies and procedures. The advisor will make recommendations to students concerning degree requirements and other academic matters, but it is ultimately the student's responsibility to see that all requirements are met. It is recommended that students meet with their academic advisor at least once a year.
Students must complete general education requirements and must also complete requirements for both a major and a minor. The Psychology Department is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. The student must, therefore, meet general education courses specified by the College of Arts and Sciences. These can be found on the Academic Programs Page of the College of Arts and Sciences website. Course requirements for a psychology major are listed below. Students should discuss the choice of a minor with the academic advisor. Requirements for a minor are specified by the department of the chosen minor. (Degree Requirements Handout)
Requirements for a Psychology Major
A minimum of 38 semester hours in psychology including 32 hours from the undergraduate core and six hours of electives.
|Topic Area||Course Number||Required|
|Basic||PSY 120 or 121,
220 (with 221), 310, 320 (with 321), 412
|Exper/Learn||PSY 416, 420, 428, 475||Any Two|
|Personality/Soc||PSY 340, 435, 440||Any Two|
|Developmental||PSY 350, 456||Any One|
The remaining six hours of electives needed for a major may be taken from any courses not taken previously (excluding PSY 250). Students who are preparing for graduate study are encouraged to take all courses listed in the undergraduate core and any additional courses recommended by their faculty advisor. Student research is encouraged by the faculty and students may obtain course credit for individual student research projects in PSY 494. (Degree Requirements Handout)
Requirements for a Psychology Minor
A minimum of 21 semester hours in Psychology, including PSY 120 or 121, 220, 221 and 15 semester hours of electives (twelve of those must be in courses numbered 300 or above).
Requirements for Honors in Psychology
If you are interested in receiving Honors in Psychology, you may complete a senior honors thesis (PSY 499). You do not need to be a member of the University Honors program to receive honors in psychology. (Click here for guidelines for students working toward Honors in Psychology.)
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