Chairperson: Anna Marie Medina
Professors: S. Leigland, N. Worsham, M. Kretchmar-Hendricks
Associate Professors: M. McBride, M. Bodamer, A.M. Medina
Assistant Professors: T. McCulloh, M. Bartlett, M. Nelson, G. Thorne, V. Norasakkunkit
The Department of Psychology offers courses that focus upon the scientific study of human and animal behavior; most courses offered in the department, however, stress observable and experiential aspects of human behavior. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Because psychology is related to a wide variety of other disciplines, majors are encouraged to pursue studies in related fields such as sociology, biology, communication arts, literature, business, mathematics, education, and philosophy.
In addition to General Psychology, Statistics (MATH 121) and Research Methods in Psychology/Research Methods Lab (PSYC 207/PSYC 207L) are prerequisites for most upper division courses. These courses provide students with an initial understanding and appreciation of the scientific method in psychology. General Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods constitute the lower division requirements for both the major and the minor. Students must earn a B- or better in Research Methods/Lab (PSYCH 207/207L) to complete the major in Psychology: PSYC 207/PSYC 207L may be repeated.
Psychology minors are required to complete 12 credits of upper-division psychology coursework. Majors are required to complete 24 credits of upper-division coursework, 18 of which must be selected from particular cluster areas as described below. Majors are also strongly encouraged to take at least one writing-intensive seminar, which, in many cases, will also fulfill one of the cluster area requirements. Last, majors must pass a comprehensive examination or earn a grade of B or better in PSYC 455: Advanced Research Methods to complete the comprehensive requirement (PSYC 498-499). Students usually take the examination or PSYC 455 during their final year, once they have completed the majority of their course work. Students who plan to pursue graduate studies are encouraged to take additional upper division courses, particularly those in the advanced theory/research cluster (Area D).
Psychology majors are required to take at least one non-psychology course in satisfying the social science core requirement.