Degree Requirements

B.A. in General Psychology

The Major requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in psychological science  include a minimum of 33 semester hours of Psychological Science courses.  These 33 hours include:

  • 9 hours of required courses (PSYC 2003 [General Psychology], PSYC 2013 [Statistics], and PSYC 3073 [Research Methods].
  • 6 hours chosen from "Group A" ( PSYC 3013 [Social], PSYC 3023 [Abnormal], PSYC 3093 [Developmental], PSYC 4053 [Psychological Tests], or PSYC 4063 [Personality]
  • 6 hours chosen from "Group B" (PSYC 3103 [Cognitive], PSYC 4073 [Learning] , PSYC 4123 [Perception], PSYC 4143 [History and Systems], PSYC 4183 [Behavioral Neuroscience], PSYC 4193 [Comparative]
  • 3 hours chosen from PSYC 328V [Advanced Research] or PSYC 4283 [Advanced Seminar]
  • Remaining hours are free electives and can be chosen from any psychological science course in the course catalog, with no more than a total of 6 hours in 206V [Directed Readings], 207V [Laboratory Experience] and 399VH [Honors course]
  • The Fulbright Advising office psychology checklist for majors can be downloaded here.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all psychology courses used to satisfy the 33 hours of the major. In addition, a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average is required on all work completed in the Department of Psychology.

Writing Requirement: Students majoring in psychology will satisfy the Fulbright College writing requirement by successful completion (a grade of at least a "C") in either PSYC 328V, or PSYC 4283, each of which requires a final research paper written in APA style.

Students who want to pursue graduate training in psychology are advised to begin preparations early in their undergraduate careers. Gradepoint average, scores on the Graduate Record Examinations, effective communications skills, preparation in the natural sciences and mathematics, and research experience (e.g., honors project, directed readings, laboratory experience) are the major criteria considered by admissions committees. To gain this research experience students are strongly encouraged to take the advanced research course, PSYC 328V.

Students with applied, paraprofessional, or human-service interests who plan to enter the job market with a B.A. in psychology are strongly encouraged to take relevant courses in other areas of interest, including, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, social work, human development and family studies, education, and business administration.

Students interested in business applications of psychology (e.g., marketing, management) are similarly encouraged to take related courses in the Sam M. Walton College of Business; minors are also available in several areas of business. For more information concerning psychology as a major or careers in psychology and related fields, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jeremy Holm via email at jholm@uark.edu.

 

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology

The Minor requirements  include a minimum of 18 semester hours of Psychological Science courses.  These 18 hours include:

  • 9 hours of required courses (PSYC 2003 [General Psychology], PSYC 2013 [Statistics], and PSYC 3073 [Research Methods].
  • Remaining hours are free electives and can be chosen from any psychological science course in the course catalog, with no more than a total of 3 hours in 206V [Directed Readings], 207V [Laboratory Experience] and 399VH [Honors course] that can be counted toward the minor requirement
  • The Fulbright College Advising office checklist for the psychology minor can be downloaded here.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all psychology courses used to satisfy the 18 hours of the minor. In addition, a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average is required on all work completed in the Department of Psychology. A student must notify the department of his or her intent to minor.

 

Psychology (B.A.) Teacher Licensure in Social Studies Requirements

Please refer to the Secondary Education Requirements for Fulbright College Students under Other Programs..

Students wanting to teach social studies in middle school should consult with a middle level adviser in the College of Education and Health Professions.

For requirements for advanced degrees in psychology, see the Graduate School Catalog.