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Psychology is a scientific and applied field concerned primarily with human behavior and related sensory, motor, cognitive, social, developmental, and physiological processes. The subject matter of psychology covers a wide range of topics related to many career objectives. As a major, it can prepare students for graduate study in various areas of psychology, education, or counseling, and for careers in teaching, counseling, research, and administration or supervision in educational or institutional settings. The department provides students with information in the various areas of psychology, which should increase their understanding of themselves and others and enable them to apply scientific methods to the solution of problems.
The Department of Psychology offers a major and minor in psychology for undergraduate students pursuing the B.A. Degree. Students majoring in Psychology take core courses in Child Psychology, Research Methods, Psychology and Deaf People, and Social Psychology as well as elective courses in Clinical Psychology, Experimental Foundations, Developmental, Socio-Cultural Psychology and practicum (field work experience or internship). This curriculum provides a breadth and depth of coverage in the field that allows students to pursue a variety of career objectives.
Undergraduate Student HandbookHandbook for Psychology UG majors
Declaring a Major
Requirements for Admission to a Major in Psychology
Prospective majors must first have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and complete the following pre-major and GSR courses with a "C" or better:
- PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology
- GSR 150 Introduction to Integrated Learning or equivalent
Prospective majors then meet with the undergraduate program director to determine if they have satisfied the academic requirements and to complete the form for declaring a major in psychology. During this initial contact, the student receives written information about psychology course requirements for graduation. Additionally, the student may select a major advisor or have an advisor assigned by the program director.
To continue in the Psychology major, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in major courses.