Psychology degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behavior. You will develop the tools you need to understand others and provide mental health care. This major gives you a foundation in human physiological, mental, intellectual, personal, and social development. Specific coursework focuses on research and theory.

You will develop critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and integrate information from other disciplines and apply it to the field of psychology. A psychology major partners well with your other liberal arts courses and enhances your ethical thinking, self-awareness and empathy within a global perspective.

Career Opportunities Include

  • Graduate study
  • Counseling
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Social services
  • Human resources

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Psychology Major Courses

Introduction to Statistics | MAT 20044
Introduction to Statistics offers the student an intuitive introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include data organization, averages and variation, elementary probability theory, binomial and normal probability distributions, Central Limit Theorem, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation.

Principles of Psychology | PSY 12053
Introduces basic elements in understanding human behavior. Emphasis on basic concepts and terminology of psychology including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, history of psychology, growth and development, motivation, learning, measurement and scientific methodology, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.

Survey of Developmental Psychology | PSY 20153
Study of child's developmental process from the prenatal stage to adulthood: physical, psychological and social changes a child goes through in order to adjust to his/her environment. Emphasis on areas of abuse and neglect and how they foster mental illness. Look at methods of changing behavior of children with problems.

Theories of Personality | PSY 30153
Emphasizes modern psychoanalytic, behaviorist and humanistic theories of personality development.

Psychology of Abnormal Behavior | PSY 30353
Study of biological, psychological and sociocultural influences contributing to abnormal behavior patterns. Includes history, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of various psychopathological disorders.

History and Systems of Psychology | PSY 40854
Reviews historical antecedents of contemporary psychology, critical analysis of selected psychological theories and discussion of application of these theories in contemporary psychology.

Physiological Psychology | PSY 31354
Examines physical basis of human behavior and experience, how the brain and nervous system work, information flow, and processing at higher levels of organization. Addresses issues of intelligence, consciousness, addictions, and deviant behavior from a neurophysiological standpoint.

Social Psychology | PSY 32153
Examines social influences on human behavior including attitude formation and change, influence and persuasion, social attraction, theories of aggression, conformity, cultural impact, leadership styles, power and status, social roles, and environmental influences.

Research Design and Analysis | PSY 32253
Reviews basic research methods focusing on conceptual basis for experimentation. Includes basic design
components such as control, sampling, data collection, and analysis.

Counseling Theories & Dynamics | PSY 40552
Introduces major systems and theories of counseling and psychotherapy including dynamics that contribute to an effective therapeutic approach. Use of didactic and experiential teaching methods.

Senior Comprehensive | PSY 49053
Examination or project designed to assess student's achievement of goals of his/her major program.

Other Required Courses

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