May 25, 2018
The psychology major is a liberal arts major and not a pre-professional program. Work within the field of psychology requires an advanced degree in the discipline—at least a master’s degree. Many of our students combine their study of psychology with a major in inclusive childhood/middle childhood education. These students usually find employment within school systems soon after graduation, and within five years earn the required master’s degree for professional certification. Most of our students pursue advanced degrees within psychology in areas such as counseling, school counseling, or school psychology in preparation for work in human services or education. Some seek the Ph.D. degree for careers in college/university teaching and research, while others obtain graduate degrees in related disciplines such as business (e.g., human resources or organizational development) or social work.
The Psychology Core provides the foundation for all of our programs. All Psychology Majors are to complete the requirements listed below.
Major Distribution Requirement (12-13 credits)
In addition to the four core courses listed above, all Psychology majors must satisfy the requirements below for a total of 12-13 credits.
A. Choose one course from the developmental sequence:
B. Choose one from the following:
C. Choose one of the following:
D. Choose one of the following:
Electives (6 credits)
Choose any two courses either from those not taken as part of the distribution requirement and/or from the courses listed below:
Psychology Senior Experience
Students integrate their study of psychology by enrolling in either PSY 472 or PSY 473 in which they write a senior thesis. Seniors also take a comprehensive exam.
The comprehensive exam in psychology has two components: a nationally standardized multiple-choice exam, and a term paper and oral presentation. The multiple-choice exam is given during the spring semester at a time announced several weeks in advance. The exam contains questions pertaining to all courses in the Psychology Core (PSY 200, 201, 202) and in the Major Distribution Requirement. Each student’s examination is evaluated individually, on the basis of the particular set of courses that the student has taken.
The second component of the examination - the term paper and oral presentation - is part of the course requirements for whichever Upper-Level Integrator the student takes (Senior Seminar and/or History of Psychology). In either course, this paper assignment calls for a comparison of a variety of perspectives on some topic of the student’s choosing. Passing this part of the comprehensive requires that the student earn a grade of C or better for the paper.
Psychology Sample Program
- Modern Foreign Language Credits: 6
- Math and Science Perspectives I Credits: 7
- Other Perspectives I Credits: 6
As well as:
- Perspectives I Credits: 9
- Math or Science Perspectives II* Credits: 3
- Electives Credits: 9
As well as:
- Perspectives II Credits: 9
- Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
- Electives Credits: 6
- Psychology Courses Credits: 12
- Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 6
- Electives Credits: 15
- Psychology Courses Credits: 6
As well as: