Dec 12, 2019  
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major, BA


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Program Description

The undergraduate program in Psychological Sciences is made up of a structured curriculum in which students develop a thorough understanding of concepts and principles that attempt to explain human behavior and mental processes. This program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), which prepares students to (1) begin work as a non-professional in a variety of settings where a liberal arts background plus interpersonal skills are needed and (2) obtain entrance into graduate programs in any field of Psychology. All students must fulfill the General Education requirements and regularly meet with their advisors. After completing General Education courses, student will begin to more rigorously pursue the major requirements for Psychology.

Program Mission

The Department of Psychological Sciences provides a culture of learning within a liberal educational context.  We challenge undergraduates to apply a scientific approach to understanding the dynamic processes of human behavior and thinking in a global context. This is achieved through a variety of courses that emphasize (a) the interplay between biological, cognitive and social-level factors, (b) active engagement in experiential learning, oral and written communication, research and field-related experiences, and (c) the important role of diversity and cultural understanding. We develop solution-oriented graduates who can transition into professional studies or the workforce.

Discipline Goals

Goal 1: To instruct students in a general knowledge base in psychology

Goal 2: To engage students in scientific inquiry and critical thinking across the departmental curriculum

Goal 3: To inform students about their ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world

Goal 4: To advance students’ skills in communication

Goal 5: To contribute to students’ overall professional development

Student Learning Outcomes

The core curriculum outlined below includes  courses in which university-wide student learning outcomes are integrated within the goals and content of the program. Elements of several skills are included in these courses, but the University-wide student learning outcomes are specifically examined as follows:

Information Literacy: Identity, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibility to increase understanding (PSY 2430  , PSY 2316  ).

Written Communication:  Use of appropriate language, conventions, organization, supporting evidence, and content to effectively communicate in writing, for the purpose and audience (PSY 2430  and upper level psychology courses).

Critical Reading: Interacting with written language to construct and reflect on meaning while evaluating and questioning in relation to contextual information (ALL Foundation and Elective Psychology Courses).

Scientific Literacy: Exhibit knowledge of scientific concepts and processes and ability to engage the scientific method towards informing decision making and participation in civic, social, cultural, and economic affairs (ALL Psychology courses).

Quantitative Literacy: Understand and create arguments that are supported by empirical evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats such as using words, tables, graphs, and mathematical equations, as appropriate (PSY 2440  , PSY 3402  ).

Critical Thinking: Analyze, synthesize or deconstruct, interpret and evaluate information and concepts to solve problems (ALL Psychology Courses).

Oral Communication: Use appropriate language, conventions, elocution, poise, organization, supporting evidence, and content to effectively communicate through the spoken word for the purpose and audience (PSY 4440 ) .

Major Core Requirements

All Psychology Tracks require 47 hours in psychological sciences and 3 hours in Statistics resulting in 50 hrs.  Students who were enrolled in or admitted to the University in the fall 2018 semester are eligible to complete the major requirements listed below:

Foundations Courses             (17 SH)

Breadth Courses                   (15 SH)

Depth Track Courses             (18 SH)

Total                                    (50 SH)

 

A minor area of study is not required for study in the Psychological Sciences.

Students minoring in the Psychological Sciences must complete 18 credit hours.

 

A minimum letter grade of C is required for all courses in psychology counting toward below.

 

Foundation Courses (17 credit hours) All courses Required

Courses SH
GER/MAT/SOC 2326 Statistics   3 SH

PSY 1301   Introduction to Psychological Sciences  

  • Prerequisite for all other psychology courses
3 SH
PSY 2430  Writing for the Psychological Sciences   4 SH
PSY 2336   Lifespan Development   3 SH

PSY 2440   Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I  

  • GER/MAT/SOC 2326 and PSY 2430 are prerequisites for this course.  
4 SH
Total number of credit hours for Foundation courses 17 SH

                                                                                       

Breadth Courses (15 credit hours)

All bulleted items are required except where choice is designated:

 

Courses SH

3 SH

3 SH

3 SH

PSY 3306 Abnormal Psychology  

  • Related to Depth Track 3 below

3 SH

Content in PSY 3346, PSY 2309 and PSY 3316 are related to depth areas 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

3 SH

Total credit hours for the Breadth courses

15 SH

 

Depth Areas –Tracks (18 credit hours)

Choose one of the following Depth Tracks for developing deeper knowledge and skill

areas that are designed for understanding complex relationships between one or more

of the major areas in psychology.  The Honors Depth Track has special requirements. 

 

Prerequisite: PSY 2440 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better.

Depth Track 1:  Biological and Cognitive Psychology (18 credit hours) 

This depth area focuses on psychological processes from an experimental perspective,

and studies how information is processed by the brain and how people think, learn,

remember, and make decisions.

Required SH
PSY 3402 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II   4 SH
PSY 4440 Senior Seminar in Psychology   4 SH
Total number of Required hours 8 SH
   

Take one of the following Seminars:

PSY 4405 Seminar in Cognitive Psychology OR

PSY 4409 Seminar in Biological Psychology OR

PSY 4425 Contemporary Issues in Psychology

4 SH
   

Choose 2 of the courses from the following choices:

PSY 3308 Cognitive Psychology

PSY 3325 Cultural Psychology

PSY 3394 Fieldwork I

PSY 4340 Psychobiology of Memory

Total number hours from choosing from the above list of choices

 

3 SH

3 SH

3 SH

3 SH

6 SH

Total number of SH for the Depth Area 18 SH

 

Depth Track 2:   Social & Developmental Psychology (18 credit hours) 

This depth area focuses on how individuals construe the social world and processes that underlie social judgment, development, and behavior.

Prerequisite: PSY 2440 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better.

Courses SH
Required  
PSY 3402 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II 4 SH
PSY 4440 Senior Seminar in Psychology 4 SH
Total number of Required courses 8 SH
   

Take one the following Seminars

PSY 4439 Seminar in Social Psych  OR

PSY 4425 Contemporary Issues in Psychology

4 SH
   

Choose 2 of the courses from the following choices:

PSY 3302 Adolescence

PSY 3329 Personality

PSY 3350 Human Sexuality

PSY 3394 Fieldwork I

Total number hours from choosing from the above list of choices

 

3 SH

3 SH

3 SH

3 SH

4 SH

Total number of hours for the Depth Area 18 SH

 

Depth Track 3:  Mental Health and Wellness (18 credit hours) 

This depth area focuses on emotional, psychological, and social well being and wellness.  The classes teach students how to conceptualize, assess, and maintain positive mental health and wellness. 

Prerequisite: PSY 2440 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better.

Courses SH
Required  
PSY 3402 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II 4 SH
PSY 4440 Senior Seminar in Psychology 4 SH
   

Take one the following Seminars

PSY 4407 Seminar in Community Psychology OR

PSY 4411 Seminar in Counseling Psychology OR

PSY 4425 Contemporary Issues in Psychology

4 SH
   

Choose 2 of the courses from the following choices:

PSY 3321  Community Psychology  

PSY 3394  Fieldwork I

PSY 4310  Health Psychology 

PSY 4331 Counseling Psychology

Total number hours from choosing from the above list of choices

 

3 SH

3 SH

3 SH

3 SH

6 SH

Total number of hours in the Depth Area 18 SH
   

 

Depth Track 4:  Honors Track  (18 credit hours)

This track focuses on students with a research and scholarly orientation towards psychology.  Students receive advanced research training with faculty mentors on original empirical research, and to sharpen their analytical and communication skills.  Students successfully completing the curriculum will graduate with Honors in Psychology. 

 

Requirements for acceptance into the Honors Track:   

Application for admission to the honors curriculum should occur in the first semester of the junior year (see website for dates each term).  Admission to the honors curriculum is restricted to students who meet the following criteria. 

  • Successful completion of PSY 2430 and PSY 2401 Course

  • A GPA of 3.3 within the major

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.3

  • No grade lower than a B in any PSY courses (possible one exception with a strong

  • recommendation by a faculty member)

  • Identification of a faculty mentor and a potential area of research

  • Recommendation by the Psychological Sciences Honors committee, who will evaluate each applicant on academic performance and professional goals

The honors curriculum is entered in the second semester of the junior year after the student has completed the breadth requirements of the program. The research-intensive honors curriculum consists of a series of three semesters of research with a faculty mentor that results in a written thesis and an oral presentation before graduation.  They begin the sequence with the 4-hr seminar (PSY 3493) in that spring semester of the junior year which substitutes for the Topics Seminar requirement (see above tracks). They also take two courses in guided research with their faculty mentor that substitute for depth electives, and complete the senior seminar required of all majors.

Courses SH
Required  
PSY 3402 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II 4 SH
PSY 3493 Psychological Investigations and Research I 4 SH
PSY 4330  Psychological Investigations and Research II (for Honors) 3 SH
PSY 4393  Psychological Investigations and Research III (for Honors) 3 SH
PSY 4440 Senior Seminar in Psychology 4 SH
Total number of hours in the Honors Depth Area 18 SH

 

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Major Requirements

Students who were enrolled in or admitted to the University in the spring 2019 semester may be eligible to complete the major requirements listed below:

Approved by Academic Standards and Curriculum Committee - March 19, 2019

Foundation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

GER 2326  

or

MAT 2326  

or

SOC 2326  

Statistics

 3 hrs

PSY 1301  

Introduction to Psychological Sciences

3 hrs

PSY 2430  

Writing for Psychological Sciences

4 hrs

PSY 2336  

Lifespan

3 hrs

PSY 2440  

Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

4 hrs

 

Foundation Courses Total

17 hrs

Breadth Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY 3312  

Introduction to Black Psychology

3 hrs

PSY 3306  

Abnormal Psychology

3 hrs

PSY 3301  

or 

PSY 3308  

Biological Psychology

or

Cognitive Psychology

3 hrs

PSY 3307  

Social Psychology

3 hrs

PSY Elective

One 3 credit PSY course, that is not otherwise required or in the student’s depth area

3 hrs

 

Breadth Courses Total

15 hrs

 

Depth Courses - (18 credit hours)

Choose one of the following Depth Tracks for developing deeper knowledge and skill areas that are designed for understanding complex relationships between one or more of the major areas in psychology.  The Honors Depth Track has special requirements.

Prerequisite:  PSY 2440    Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better.

Depth Track:  Honors Track (18 credit hours)

This track focuses on students with a research and scholarly orientation towards psychology.  Students receive advanced research training with faculty mentors on original empirical research and to sharpen their analytical and communication skills.  Students successfully completing the curriculum will graduate with Honors in Psychology.

Requirements for acceptance into the Honors Track:

Application for admission to the honors curriculum should occur in the first semester of the junior year (see website for dates each term).  Admission to the honors curriculum is restricted to students who meet the following criteria.

    Successful completion of PSY 2430   and PSY 2440   course
    A GPA of 3.3 within the major
    A cumulative GPA of 3.3
    No grade lower than a B in any PSY courses (possible one exception with a strong recommendation by a faculty member)
    Identification of a faculty mentor and a potential area of research
    Recommendation by the Psychological Sciences Honors committee, who will evaluate each applicant on academic performance and professional goals

The honors curriculum is entered in the second semester of the junior year after the student has completed the breadth requirements of the program.  The research-intensive honors curriculum consists of a series of three semesters of research with a faculty mentor that results in a written thesis and an oral presentation before graduation.  They begin the sequence with the 4-hour seminar (PSY 3493   in that spring semester of the junior year which substitutes for the Topics Seminar requirement (see above tracks).  They also take two courses in guided research with their faculty mentor that substitute for depth electives, and complete the senior seminar required of all majors.

 

Culture/Health

Social/Cognitive

Honors Track

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSY 3309  

Cross-Cultural Psychology

3 hrs

PSY 3346  

Priniciples of Learning

3 hrs

PSY 3402  

Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II 

4 hrs

PSY 4310  

Health Psychology

3 hrs

PSY 3329  

Personality

3 hrs

PSY 3493  

Psychological Investigations and Research I (for Honors)

4 hrs

PSY 4425  

Contemporary Issues in Psychology

3 hrs

PSY 4425  

Contemporary Issues in Psychology

3 hrs

PSY 4330  

Psychological Investigations and Research II (for Honors

3 hrs

PSY 3402  

Research Methods & Statistics II

3 hrs

PSY 3402  

Research Methods & Statistics II

3 hrs

PSY 4393  

Psychological Investigations and Research III (for Honors) 

3 hrs

PSY 4440  

Senior Seminar

3 hrs

PSY 4440  

Senior Seminar

3 hrs

PSY 4440  

Senior Seminar in Psychology

4 hrs

 

Depth Courses Total 

18 hrs

 

Depth Courses Total

18 hrs

 

Depth Courses Total

18 hrs

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