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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major with Inclusive Childhood Education Major

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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 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.

Psychology Core

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.

B. Choose one from the following:

C. Choose one of the following:

D. Choose one of the following:

Required Courses for Inclusive Childhood Education Major

Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major Requirements

Inclusive Childhood/Middle Childhood Education Major Requirements


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 thesis 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.

Sample Program for Psychology Major with Inclusive Education

Freshman Year

  • Modern Foreign Language Credits: 6
  • Math and Science Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 7
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 3
  • Health/Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 9
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 6

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME)  Credits: 0
  • Psychology Core Credits: 9
  • Psychology Elective Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3

As well as:

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