Department of Psychology and Sociology

The Major and Minor in Psychology

Phrenological HeadThe scientific study of understanding people, with all of their complex behaviors and mental processes, the discipline of psychology examines behavior that is evil at one extreme and altruistic at the other, attempting to explain both the serial killer and the saint. What environmental, genetic, and epigenetic factors decide which direction a baby will someday go? At the same time, those who study psychology ask how it can be used to solve human problems, both on an individual level ("know thyself") and on a global level.

Students who study psychology are well prepared for a wide range of careers. Graduates may run a group home, work for an organization that supervises individuals with emotional disabilities, or pursue careers in human resources or employment counseling. The degree also provides excellent preparation for many other professions. Many find jobs in public affairs, administrative support, business, sales, and service industries.

Major Requirements

Psychology majors are required to complete, with a grade of "C" or better, the following courses:

  • the department core (15 hours), consisting of:
    • PSYC 100: Survey of Psychology
    • PSYC 150: Introduction to Statistics
    • PSYC 251: Statistics II
    • PSYC 351: Research Methods in the Social Sciences
    • PSYC 395: Senior Thesis
  • 9 credit hours at the 200-level (not including PSYC 251)
  • 9 credit hours at the 300-level (not including PSYC 395)
  • one 4 credit-hour lab course (experimental): PSYC 314/15, PSYC 316/17, or PSYC 318/19(4)
  • one 4 credit-hour lab course (applied) PSYC 354 or PSYC 356

Psychology majors must also complete MATH 105, MATH 108, or MATH 110 with a grade of “C” or better and fulfill the social science core requirement by taking one course in sociology, one in economics, and one in political science/anthropology.

For psychology pre-physical therapy or pre-occupational therapy majors

StudentPsychology majors in the interdisciplinary pre-physical therapy or pre-occupational therapy programs must complete at least 78 hours of courses, including the following:

  • SOCL 213 (fulfills a social science core requirement)
  • MATH 111
  • 15 hours in biology: BIOL 108/109, BIOL 203, BIOL 258, and a 300-level BIOL elective
  • 8 hours in chemistry: CHEM 113/114 and CHEM 123/124
  • 8 hours in physics: PHYS 113/114 and PHYS 118/119
  • 41 hours in psychology, including:
    • PSYC 100, PSYC 150, PSYC 251, and PSYC 351
    • 5 additional 300-level courses, including two lab courses, with PSYC 318/319(4) as one of them

Note that the Natural Science core is fulfilled by this program's requirements.

Students pursuing graduate school should take the following classes: PSYC 220 (Personality), PSYC 300 (Abnormal Psychology), and PSYC 391 (Topics: Tests and Measurement).

Minor Requirements

A minor in psychology consists of a program of courses totaling at least 21 hours with a grade of "C" or better, submitted to and approved by the department chair, that includes at least 12 hours at the 200 level or above, of which at least three hours must be at the 300-level. PSYC 150, PSYC 251, and PSYC 351 may not be included for the minor.

The Department also offers minors in Life Span Services and Social Work, both of which may be of interest to students who wish to study psychology.