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- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Minor in Psychology
Overview: Psychology is the science of behavior. Students learn how human behavior depends on biological factors, developmental status, cognitive processes, and social conditions. Behavioral science encompasses a wide range of methods and topics, from brain function to cultural influences. The discoveries of psychology improve understanding of the human experience and the quality of life.
Curriculum: The undergraduate Psychology Association hosts social and pre-professional events open to all majors. Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, is open to psychology majors who have completed at least 9 credit hours in the major and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Psi Chi encourages excellence in scholarship and advances the science of psychology. The Fall Welcome in early September provides lab tours and information about the department for prospective majors. Each April The Psychology Capstone Symposium features students' poster presentations on research projects, practica experiences, and projects from Critical Thinking about Psychology and History of Psychology courses.
Faculty: The 24 faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and teach courses in the specialties of clinical, social, developmental, physiological, and industrial/organizational. They conduct and publish research with graduate and undergraduate students and are known nationally for their contributions to psychology.
Internships: Students may gain practicum experience in a variety of settings, including mental health, research, consulting, schools and community service organizations. They may conduct an undergraduate research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Advanced General Psychology also provides opportunities for students to apply critical thinking to everyday psychology-related issues and problems.
Careers: Majors receive a strong liberal arts education in preparation for entry-level employment, with strengths in understanding people and evaluating data. The B.A. degree also prepares students to enter graduate programs for professional training as psychologists. Students may also use the degree as pre-professional training in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and law.