Department of

Psychological Science


Major in Psychological Science

The Department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Students seeking an undergraduate major in Psychology are required to complete 42 credits in psychology (14 courses). There are 7 required courses, plus 4 courses from core areas and 3 electives. 

Becoming a Major in Psychological Science

To become a Psychological Science major, please see the Department Chair, Dr. Carolyn Fallahi, in 227 Marcus White hall.  This is a 30 minute appointment where you the paperwork will be signed and you will be assisted in planning your academic program. Her office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. If those times do not work, you can see the Assistant Chair, Dr. Jim Conway in 215 Marcus White hall.  His office hours are MW 12:45 - 2:45 PM and TR 1:45 - 3:45 PM.

Learning Goals
  1. Knowledge Base in Psychology

  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

  3. Communication

  4. Sociocultural and International Awareness

  5. Ethical and Social Responsibility

  6. Professional Development.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the BA in Psychology will be expected to:

  1. Identify, describe, and apply key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.

  2. Interpret, design, and conduct basic and applied research.

  3. Write and orally communicate effectively in various formats and for various purposes.

  4. Evaluate theories, philosophies, and research from diverse sociocultural perspectives, including those that do not represent mainstream Western perspectives.

  5. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.

  6. Identify and develop skills and experiences relevant to achieving selected career goals.