As a field of knowledge, psychology is based on both the biological and social sciences. The Department of Psychology educates students planning professional careers in psychology, sociology, social work, and special education services. The Department's aims are to develop in students the abilities to question and think critically and to become independent investigators and to impart a philosophy of appreciation for a developing and maturing science based on well-grounded experimental evidence.

In addition to regular classroom work, the internship (PSY488) course provides an opportunity for students to work in a psychological agency in order to acquire practical experience in psychological work and a better understanding of human relations. Students design their cooperative experience in collaboration with a sponsoring agency and Psychology faculty, ensuring that the proposed experience parallels and enhances their academic studies. Prerequisite: PSY 211 and Department approval.

Students considering graduate studies in psychology should plan their major with the guidance of their assigned Department advisor so that elective courses may be tailored to their specific career and educational goals. Students with majors other than psychology who find psychology courses relevant to their educational needs are welcome to register for those classes if they have taken the prerequisite courses. 

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

A major in psychology requires 46 hours in psychology in addition to PSY-C 211 (General Psychology) which is a General Education Core Requirement. The following courses in psychology must be included in the 46 hours:

CPSY 313 Statistics I
CPSY 314 Statistics II
CPSY 315 Social Psychology
CPSY 371 Experimental Psychology I
CPSY 377 History and Systems of Psychology
CPSY 385 Abnormal Psychology
CPSY 413 Learning
CPSY 415 Physiological Psychology
CPSY 418 Seminar
CPSY 488 Internship

The Bachelor of Arts in psychology requires the 46 hours in psychology, 54 hours in General Education Core Requirements and 23 hours of electives (may be used for minor) for a total of 123 course hours.

A minor in psychology requires at least six (6) psychology courses. The following courses are required : CPSY 315, CPSY 377, CPSY 385, and CPSY 413.

Sample Plan of Study

The following outline illustrates ways in which courses can be arranged for a degree in psychology. This is a suggested study plan, not a mandatory one.


First Semester: 15 hours
CGED 100 First Year Seminar I (1)
CENG 105 English Composition I (3)
CHIS 201 U.S., Africa and the World I (3)
CMAT 105 Pre-Calculus I (3)
CBIO General Biology I (4)
CPED 101/2 Physical Education Requirement (1)

Second Semester: 17 hours
CGED 101 First Year Seminar II (1)
CENG 106 English Composition II (3)
CHIS 202 U.S., Africa and the World II (3)
CMAT 106 Pre-Calculus II (3)
CBIO 112 General Biology II (4)
CCIS 100 Information Technology and Computer Application (3)

First Semester: 15 hours
CENG 201/2 World Literature I or II (3)
CSTA 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
Foreign Language Requirement (3)
CPSY 211 General Psychology (3)
CPSY 313 Statistics I (3)

Second Semester: 15 hours
Foreign Language Requirement (3)
Social Science Requirement (3)
CPSY 314 Statistics II (3)
CPSY 377 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
CPSY 415 Physiological Psychology (3)

First Semester: 16 hours
CREL/CPHI Philosophy/Religion Requirement (3)
CPSY 371/L Experimental Psychology and Lab (4)
CPSY 385 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psychology elective (3)
CHUM Humanities Requirement (3)

Second Semester: 15 hours
CPSY 315 Social Psychology (3)
CPSY 413 Learning (3)
Psychology elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

First Semester: 15 hours 
Psychology elective (3)
Psychology elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Second Semester: 15 hours
CPSY 418 Seminar (3)
CPSY 488 Internship (3)
Psychology elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)


Department of Psychology
Timothy Moore, Ph.D., Interim 
Knowles Hall, Room 207