Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011
L. Bowman, Chair; C. Andreoletti, C. Shaw Austad,
P. Chu, J. Conway, J. DiPlacido, F. Donis, C. Fallahi, M. Fallon, M. B. Goldstein, S. W. Horowitz, L. Levine, M.
Mealy, L. Perdue, M. Salinas, J. Sikorski, B. Waite, R. Wood (Dept.
The Department of Psychology
offers courses leading to the BA degree. The psychology curriculum provides
students with a broad view of the field, its methods of study, and the various
specialties of modern psychology.
Many psychology majors may wish to
continue their studies in graduate or professional schools of psychology.
Others enroll in non-psychology professional programs such as law, education,
or social work. Still others study psychology to gain an understanding of
people for later use in management, teaching, or other business-related
careers. Many students enter directly into psychology-related positions in such
areas as rehabilitation or human services. Psychology provides a vehicle for
personal development and an avenue for pursuing a liberal arts education. The study
of psychology will broaden one's knowledge of people and their behavior and
teach one how to study behavior in a scientific way.
The department places emphasis on
quality teaching and supports and encourages student research and scholarship.
For students interested in experimental psychology, laboratory and computer
facilities are available. For those interested in developmental issues,
excellent opportunities exist for observing and interacting with children.
Faculty resources are always available for student consultation.
Upon completion of a data sheet in
the department office, students wishing to major in psychology will be assigned
advisors to guide their program choices. Curriculum sheets and advisory
materials are also available from the department office.
Major in Psychology, BA (42 credits)
||General Psychology I
||Research Methods in Psychology I
||Research Methods in Psychology II
||History & Systems of Psychology
One course is
required from each of the following categories:
||Personality Psychology: Theories and Research
||Sensation & Perception
||Learning & Memory
||Psychology of Diversity
and 9 credits of
In addition, in
order to graduate, students must take the Psychology Assessment test. The test
will be administered by the department twice each semester; students may take
the test only once.
A minor is required for this major.
Note: PSY 112 (C- or higher) and STAT 215 (C- or higher) are prerequisites
for PSY 221.
Minor in Psychology (18 credits)
Minor in Gerontology
The minor in
gerontology provides students with a solid background in different issues
related to adult development and aging in order to prepare them to serve the
aging population in various capacities. The minor incorporates courses from the
schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, and
Technology. For more information, refer to the gerontology page linked here.
Note: Psychology majors choosing to
minor in gerontology cannot double-count major and minor requirements.
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