Psychology Major

The Psychology major provides an opportunity to study the development of the individual in relation to his/her mental processes, emotions, and cognition.

The emphasis of this psychological development will be located within the context of the individual’s larger social environment to include the family, the neighborhood, and larger cultural influences.

This focus of psychological processes and human behavior within the social environment will be addressed across the person’s lifespan.

The possible impact of these systems on the development of the individual’s personality and identity will be addressed.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Psychology Major

Prerequisites: PSY 140, PSY 141

39-40 credits: 21 credits in residence, 24 credits upper division. No more than 6 of the credits may be used to satisfy core requirements, major requirements, or other minor requirements. Required:

EDPSY 420 Learning Theory 3
HD 311 Prenatal through Early Childhood 3
HD 312 Mid-Child though Adolescent 3
HD 313 Adult, Aging, and Dying 3
HD/HHK 320 Human Sexuality 3
PSY 314 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 401 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSY 402 Personality Theory 3
PSY/REL 411 Psychology of Religion 3
PSY 416 Psychological Testing/Assessment 3
PSY 430 Counseling Theory 3
SS/BUS 393 Research Methods and Applied Statistics 4
Select one of the following courses
PSY/BUS 321 Organizational Behavior 3
SW 479 Selected Topics 2
SW 481 Family Violence Across the Lifespan 2
SW 482 Child Welfare 2

Major Competencies

  • Articulate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Apply basic research methods in psychology.
  • Implement critical thinking skills to identify and solve problems related to mental processes and behavior.
  • Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, and act ethically as they implement their knowledge and skills in the field of psychology.
  • Demonstrate oral communication skills effectively in various formats such as group discussion, debate, and lecture for various purposes such as informing, defending, explaining, and persuading.
  • Exhibit professional writing conventions.
  • Locate and use relevant databases, research, and theory to plan, conduct, and interpret results of research studies.

(Updated Sept. 2015)