Psychology is the science of behavior. It covers the behavior of humans, normal and abnormal, and across the life span. The field is concerned with the development of principles of behavior and the application of those principles to individuals, society, and the institutions of government, business, and mental health.
|Research methods or experimental design*||3cr|
|Any of the following areas of psychology: Cognition, Perception, Psychobiology, Learning and Memory, Experimental, Developmental, Systems Theory/History.||6cr|
|Any of the following: Psychology of Counseling, Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Personality, Psychopathology/Abnormal, Community/Mental Health.||3cr|
|Remaining credits: These credits should constitute a cohesive program in Psychology and meet the distribution requirements (a minimum of 15 credits at the upper level is required).||21cr|
* Must be beyond freshman level.
The GRE Subject Test in Psychology can be used as elective credit towards this requirement (18 credits: 15 lower level, 3 upper level), but does not fulfill any of the subject requirements listed above.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a concentration in Psychology will be able to:
- apply, evaluate, and analyze different domains of psychology. This includes, but is not limited to, such domains as cognitive, behavioral, physiological, humanistic, socio-cultural, and psychodynamic;
- solve problems by applying previous knowledge to a new problem, and distinguish between pseudoscience and scientific findings;
- write about psychological topics with clarity and logical organization;
- synthesize information from primary and secondary sources;
- understand psychological phenomena both systematically and empirically;
- use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including statistical reasoning, research design, and evaluation of data;
- apply psychological perspectives to a research area: memory, learning, personality, perception, and psychopathology; and
- synthesize learning of the concentration through a research paper, project, portfolio, or practicum.