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Department of Psychology Curriculum

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Core Objectives

  • To develop communication skills in the areas of intrapersonal, interpersonal and professional communication.
  • To acquire knowledge, awareness, and skills in multicultural issues for developing effective working relations with persons of diverse backgrounds.
  • To acquire a knowledge base of research methodology and develop skills in applied social research, including data management and analysis.
  • To acquire a fundamental knowledge base of psychological theory and current literature.
  • To acquire technical writing skills of APA format.
  • To develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • To develop professional skills in the areas of organizational communication and ethics.

NEW CURRICULUM 2007-2009

If you are a first-time college freshman entering college Fall 2007, you are required to complete the following:

Major Requirements: 49 semester hours in Psychology (Tracks A & B), or 50 hours (Track C), or 59 hours (Track D).

Required Core Courses (37 hours)

All Psychology Majors

PSYC 1301: Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 2310: Critical Thinking in Psychology

PSYC 2370: Child & Adolescent Psychology

PSYC 2380: Biology & Behavior

PSYC 3331: Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 3351: Social Psychology

PSYC 3353: Personality

PSYC 3358: Multicultural Issues

PSYC 3472: Learning

PSYC 3381: Statistics

PSYC 3384: Research Methods

PSYC 4331: History of Psychology

Students complete the program by selecting one of four options: Option A: 12 semester hours selected from courses listed in tracks A (General), or Option B: (Child/Adol.), or Option C: 13 semester hours in track C (Community), or Option D: 22 hours in track D (Experimental).  All hours must be completed within track.

Track A: General Psychology (12 hrs.)

PSYC 4359: Directed Practicum/Internship

9 semester hours of Psychology electives

Track B: Child & Adolescent Psychology (12 hrs)

SOCI 3343: The Family

PSYC 4330: Developmental Psychopathology

PSYC 4359: Directed Practicum/Internship

3 semester hours of Psychology electives

Track C: Community Psychology (13 hrs.)

PSYC 3340: Community Psychology

PSYC 4380: Psychometrics

PSYC 4490: Community Psychology Practicum

3 semester hours of Psychology electives

Track D: Experimental Psychology (22 hrs.)*

PSYC 3376: Cognition & Memory

PSYC 4353: Social Cognition OR

PSYC 4340 Physiological Psychology

PSYC 4380: Psychometrics

PSYC 4381: Advanced Statistics

PSYC 4484: Advanced Research Methods

6 semester hours of Psychology electives

 

*NO MINOR REQUIRED for Experimental Psychology track; students will be directed toward the combination of courses that will best prepare them for their post-graduation goals.  Minor Requirements: Psychology majors, EXCEPT those choosing to follow the Experimental track, are required to have a minor in any other discipline. Psychology Minor: 15 hours consisting of PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology or PSYC 3353 Personality, and 9 hours of psychology electives.

OLDER Core Course Requirements

2003-2007

 

21 semester hours in psychology (courses required for all majors) as follows:

PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology  Doc  PDF
PSYC 2370 Child & Adolescent Psychology  Doc  PDF
PSYC 2380 Biology and Behavior
PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology  Doc  PDF
PSYC 3381 Statistics for Behavioral Scientists  Doc  PDF
PSYC 3384 Research Methods  Doc  PDF
PSYC 4331 History of Psychology

 

Students complete the program by selecting one of two options: Option A or Option B

General Psychology (Option A, 21 hours)

PSYC 3353 Personality OR PSYC 3351 Social Psychology
PSYC 3372 Learning OR PSYC 3376 Cognition and Memory
PSYC 4332 Theories of Psychotherapy
PSYC 4359 Directed Practicum/Internship
9 semester hours (3 courses) of Psychology electives

Child & Adolescent Psychology (Option B, 21 hours)

PSYC 3353 Personality OR PSYC 3351 Social Psychology
PSYC 3372 Learning OR PSYC 3376 Cognition and Memory
PSYC 4332 Theories of Psychotherapy
PSYC 4330 Youth Disorders & Interventions
SOCI 3343 The Family
PSYC 4359 Directed Practicum/Internship
3 semester hours of Psychology electives

 

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