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Psychology

The Discipline of Psychology seeks to develop graduates who are well prepared to proceed to graduate training or to employment. The faculty perceives its responsibility as going beyond instruction, to challenge and to stimulate students, and to develop students' commitment to academic excellence, social responsibility, and professionalism. The ultimate aim is to facilitate acquisition of knowledge and experience on which students may build in order to make significant contributions to psychology as a profession and assume leadership roles within their communities.

Psychology is a basic science of human behavior and mental processes. The goals of the Psychology Department are:

  • to contribute to the understanding of humanity through scientific inquiry into the behavior of living organisms by means of a range of research methods
  • to provide fundamental training for mental health practitioners or professionals and researchers in the field of human behavior and development
  • to assist in preparing persons for professions requiring psychological background--such as teaching, the health sciences, social service, law, and ministry
  • to encourage the application of this knowledge to a variety of problems, such as those associated with minority status and personal, occupational, and social adjustment

Students who complete the psychology program will be able to:

  • define and use appropriately the important concepts of contemporary psychology;
  • identify the major historical and contemporary theories of psychology;
  • identify and describe important research methods and analyze and interpret data gathered using the various methods applicable to the discipline;
  • define the ethical responsibilities of psychologists in both research and practice;
  • communicate the results of empirical, library, and Internet research both orally and in writing;
  • apply psychological concepts and research to social problems; and
  • recognize the role of psychological research and theory in the practice of various careers.
  1. Major
  2. Joint Major

Requirements for the major, in addition to the University degree requirements outlined within this Bulletin, are:

Courses in Psychology (32 cr.)
Distributed as indicated below among the five groupings of courses within the department:

Group I (all the following courses are required – 12 credits):

PSY 180General Psychology
PSY 316Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Research
PSY 481Senior Seminar

Group II (one course required – 4 credits):
Group III (one course required – 4 credits):
Group IV (one course required – 4 credits):

PSY 205Child & Adolescent Development
PSY 221Introduction to Personality
PSY 217Biological Psychology
PSY 262Learning & Cognition
PSY 341Social Psychology
PSY 348Abnormal Psychology

Group V (Psychology electives – 8 credits)
Students select any two psychology courses not taken above as well as additional psychology courses that are offered by the department.

Specific choices within Groups II-IV, as well as the choice of departmental and general electives, should be made with care so as to maximize preparation for post-baccalaureate activities. Students should consult with their assigned departmental faculty advisors to combine program options that provide basic training in psychology and are also of maximum usefulness for specific career objectives.

Required cognates (4 credits)

SSCI 280Methods & Statistics for Social Research

Joint majors combining psychology and another discipline may be arranged according to the usual University regulations. The student who chooses to pursue a joint major in psychology and another discipline is required to complete 24 credits in psychology courses, meeting requirements as specified in Groups I-IV above. The cognate required for the major (SSCI 280, Methods & Statistics for Social Research) must also be completed. A faculty member from the Psychology Department will be assigned to cooperate with the student's other major advisor in the construction and execution of an appropriate study plan.