Majors

B.A. in General Psychology

Minimum of 33 semester hours to include: PSYC 2003, PSYC 2013, and PSYC 3073; six hours chosen from PSYC 3013, PSYC 3023, PSYC 3093, PSYC 4053, or PSYC 4063; six hours chosen from PSYC 3103, PSYC 4073, PSYC 4123, PSYC 4143, PSYC 4183, PSYC 4193; three hours chosen from PSYC 328V or PSYC 4283; the remaining nine hours are free electives and may be chosen from any psychology course in this catalog, with no more than a total of six hours in 206V, 207V and 399VH combined. 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.

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 Psychology Advising Coordinator, Memorial Hall, room 203.

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.

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology

Minimum of 18 hours including PSYC 2003, PSYC 2013, and PSYC 3073. A maximum of three hours of PSYC 206V and/or PSYC 207V can be counted toward meeting the minor requirement. 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.