The Psychology major emphasizes broadly applicable skills such as critical thinking, quantitative ability and writing with a curriculum is grounded in the American Psychological Association’s guidelines. Students emerge from the program well-prepared for graduate study in psychology and related fields.
The major offers two optional concentrations:
Clinical/Counseling: a concentration designed for students with a particular interest in careers in clinical/counseling psychology and other areas of mental health and human services
Behavioral Neuroscience: a concentration focused on the biological determinants of human behavior, and designed for students with a particular interest in the complex interactions between the brain and the environment and their impact on behavior.
Psychology Students majoring in Psychology are required to complete a minor(20 credits). Additionally, the Psychology major requires a completion of two semesters of the same foreign language.
Students must earn a C- or better in each of the following courses: PY101, PY201, PY202, PY406 and PY407.
With the completion of this degree program students will:
- Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
- Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- Be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline
- Demonstrate effective use of written and oral communication skills
Note: A Forensic Psychology Concentration will be available Spring 2021.