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The Psychology Major

Psychology majors possess the methods and skills that enable them to evaluate published research and think critically about their own ideas and those of others. They are prepared to apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society. They are capable of tolerance for the views of others and able to appreciate the value of diversity. The psychology graduate is well prepared for advanced study in psychology and other fields. In addition, the psychology graduate has the skills useful for a wide range of careers, including human resources, management, marketing, and the mental health professions.

Degree Requirements

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in psychology must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement, COMM 210; a mathematics course at the level of MATH 124 or above (MATH 124 is recommended); the courses listed below, and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives to a minor or second major.
PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology  
PSYCH 240 Quantitative Analysis  
PSYCH 340 Research Methods  
PSYCH 440 Experimental Psychology with Laboratory
PSYCH 446 Seminar in Psychology  
PSYCH 499 Applied Practicum in Psychology  

Alternate Courses

Students are allowed to substitute one of the following courses for PSYCH 499 Applied Practicum in Psychology. Please note that PSYCH 451 Senior Thesis has a prerequisite of PSYCH 450 Research in Psychology.
PSYCH 498 Research Practicum in Psychology  
PSYCH 451 Senior Thesis in Psychology  

Students must take one course from each of the following content areas. At least three courses must be at the 300-level or higher.


PSYCH 250 Introduction to Theories of Personality  
PSYCH 280 Introduction to Psychopathology  
PSYCH 315 Introduction to Clinical Psychology  
PSYCH 320 Forensic Psychology  
PSYCH 356 Counseling: Theory and Skills  


PSYCH 220 Psychology of Women  
PSYCH 230 Psychology of Men  
PSYCH 295 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology  
PSYCH 360 Multicultural Psychology  
PSYCH 395 Themes in Cultural Psychology  
PSYCH 419 Psychology of Religion  

Additional Six-Credits

Course Credits

Students take an additional six credits in psychology courses

Psychology 4+1 Program; Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology

The 4+1 Program will allow qualified undergraduate psychology majors the opportunity to begin advanced study during their senior year, thus enabling them to complete advanced study in forensic psychology in less time than would generally be required to complete a comparable advanced degree. In this newly developed program, undergraduate psychology majors will have the opportunity to begin working on a master’s degree during their senior year and have those credits count for both the BA and MA degrees. Students discuss their plans to pursue this program with their advisor in their freshman year. Application into the program takes place through the psychology department with the assistance of the graduate program director early in the student’s second year. During this time, admissions requirements are discussed along with the timeline for completing the GRE (typically in the student’s third year as an undergraduate).

Preferred psychology courses in the following areas, prior to enrollment into the Psychology 4+1 are:

  • Personality
  • Abnormal
  • Forensic
  • Developmental
  • Counseling

Students will enroll in 12-15 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, selected from the following list:

PSYCH 501 Research Design  
PSYCH 502 Quantitative Methods I  
PSYCH 503 Forensic Psychology  
PSYCH 505 Introduction to Clinical Assessments: Objective Tests  
PSYCH 509 Methods of Psychotherapy I  
PSYCH 520 Developmental Psychopathology  
PSYCH 521 Adult Psychopathology