|Dr. Julie Earles (on sabbatical 2013-14)||Dr. Kevin Lanning||Dr. Laura Vernon|
|The Psychology concentration provides students with a background in the science of mind and behavior, and an understanding of how empirical methods are used to study human cognitive, motivational, social, and emotional processes. Requirements for the concentration include introductory and survey courses, specialized seminars, laboratories, and a research thesis. Psychology is intrinsically interdisciplinary, as the field lies at the nexus of the biological and social sciences. Consequently, students concentrating in psychology benefit from coursework taken outside of the field as well. Most students seeking careers in psychology and related disciplines will go on to graduate school, as most clinical and applied positions require an advanced degree. Our undergraduate concentration is broad and research-based in order to best prepare our students for entry into this competitive field.
Available options: Concentration in psychology; Minor concentration in psychology.
Concentration in Psychology
Foundation Courses: Psychology concentrators are required to take six foundation courses, two in social sciences, two in biological sciences, and two in mathematics. Students must earn at least a B- in PSY 1012 General Psychology.
Concentration in Psychology
Psychology Electives: Concentrators must take five intermediate and advanced electives, at least two of which must be drawn from Group A and two from Group B. Interdisciplinary courses (prefixes IDS, ISS, etc.) may be substituted for coursework in psychology at the discretion of the advisor. Students interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology should work closely with their academic advisors to insure a sufficient preparation in each of the major academic sub-disciplines of psychology (i.e., Biological, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Personality, and Social Psychologies). Students are reminded they need 45 upper-level (3000 or 4000-level) credits to graduate. At least 50 percent of upper level Psychology courses must be taken at the Honors College.
Group A: Natural Science Approach to Psychology
Group B: Social Science Approach to Psychology
Minor Concentration in Psychology
The Psychology minor concentration provides students with a background in the science of mind and behavior, and an understanding of how empirical methods are used to study human cognitive, motivational, social, and emotional processes. To complete the psychology minor concentration, students complete the following courses totaling 18-19 credit hours:
- PSY 1012 Honors General Psychology (3 credits)
- One course in advanced statistics or research methods, such as:
- PSY 3213 Honors Research Methods in Psychology and PSY 3213L (4 credits)
- ANT 4418 Honors Research Methods in Anthropology (3 credits)
- STA 3164 Honors Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)
- POS 3734 Honors Research Methods in Political Science (3 credits)
- Four additional 3-credit upper level psychology courses (12 credits). These electives should reflect the breadth of the discipline, and so must include at least one course from Group 'A' and one from Group 'B' in the table of psychology electives, above.
At least 50 percent of upper level Psychology courses must be taken at the Honors College. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.