Dec 13, 2018  
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate 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 3401  ).

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 ) .

Degree Program Name:  Psychological Sciences

All Psychology Tracks require 47 hours in psychological sciences and 3 hours in Statistics resulting in 50 hours.

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

Foundation Courses (17 credit hours) All courses required

  • GER 2326  /MAT 2326  /SOC 2326  Statistics                              (3 SH)
  • PSY 1301    Introduction to Psychological Sciences                     (3 SH)
    • Prerequisites for all other psychological courses
  • PSY 2430    Writing for the Psychological Sciences                      (4 SH)
  • PSY 2336    Lifespan Development                                             (3 SH)
  • PSY 2440    Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology I       (4 SH)  

                                                                                          Total   (17 SH)  

Breadth Courses (15 credit hours)                                       

All bulleted items are required except where choice is designated:

  • PSY 3312   Black Psychology                                                                    (3 SH)
    • Majors and Minors Only OR Permission of Instructor
  • PSY 3301   Brain and Behavior OR PSY 3305  Motivation and Emotion         (3 SH)
  • PSY 3307    Social Psychology                                                                   (3 SH)
    • Related to Depth Track 2 below
  • PSY 3306   Abnormal Psychology                                                              (3 SH)
    • Related to Depth Track 3 below
  • Elective Choice from PSY 3346   Priniciples of Learning OR

                                    PSY 2309  Cross-Cultural Psychology OR

                                    PSY 3316  Principles of Testing                                     (3 SH)

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

                                                                                 Total                   (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

PSY 3401    Research Methods and Statistcs in Psychology II       (4 SH)

PSY 4440   Senior Seminar in Psychology                                    (4 SH)

                                                                             Total           (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                                                (3 SH)

PSY 3325    Cultural Neuroscience                                                (3 SH)

PSY 3394    Psychology Fieldwork I                                              (3 SH)

PSY 4340    Psychobiology of Memory                                          (3 SH)

                                                                                                  (6 SH)

                                                             Depth Area Total        (18 SH)

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

This depth area focuses on how individual 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.

Required

  • PSY 3401   Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II          (4 SH)
  • PSY 4440   Senior Seminar in Psychology                                       (4 SH)

                                                                                                          (8 SH)

Take one of the following Seminars

  • PSY 4439    Seminar in Social Psychology OR
  • PSY 4425    Contemporary Issues in Psychology                             (4 SH)

Choose 2 of the courses from the following choices:

  • PSY 3302    Adolescence                                                                 (3 SH)
  • PSY 3329    Personality                                                                   (3 SH)
  • PSY 3350    Human Sexuality                                                           (3 SH)
  • PSY 3394    Psychology Fieldwork I                                                  (3 SH)

                                                                                                            (6 SH)

                                                                          Depth Area Total      (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   Rsearch Methods and Statistics in Psychology I is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better.

Required

  • PSY 3401   Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II               (4 SH)
  • PSY 4440   Senior Seminar in Psychology                                            (4 SH)

                                                                                                              (8 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                                                     (3 SH)
  • PSY 3394    Psychology Fieldwork I                                                       (3 SH)
  • PSY 4310    Health Psychology                                                              (3 SH)
  • PSY 4331    Counseling Psychology                                                        (3 SH)

                                                                                                                 (6 SH)

                                                                             Depth Area Total        (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 3401  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.

Required

  • PSY 3401    Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II                       (4 SH)
  • PSY 3493    Psychological Investigations and Research I (for Honors)           (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)

                                                                      Depth Area Total                  (18 SH)

 

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