1785 - Psychology

General

Program Title
Psychology
Degree Designation
BA
Program Level
Undergraduate
Instruction Mode
Online and On Campus
Program Description
This program provides students the opportunity to learn the science of psychology and to study a variety of areas of psychology, including disorders, developmental, cognitive, industrial, and social psychology, as well as gain research experience. We prepare students for a variety of career paths in human services, graduate school (e.g., clinical psychology, school psychology, counseling, occupational therapy) or other professional programs (e.g., medical school, law school, human resources, etc.). Capstone courses encourage students to apply their knowledge in an internship, seminars, or intensive research. Graduates work in a variety of human service and business settings where a Psychology B.A. provides a useful background. NOTE: Students in this program may take onground and/or online courses in any combination OR may apply to the completely online program.
Department(s)
Psychology
College/School
College of Liberal Arts
Status
Active

Requirements

Credits: 41

Program Requirements

32 credits. 14 Core credits: PSY 115, PSY 119, PSY 200 and PSY 201 (taken as co-requisites), PSY 202, PSY 380. Select 15 Foundations credits from the following: PSY 240, PSY 250, PSY 270, PSY 327, PSY 353, PSY 378, PSY 386, PSY 490. Also, select 3 credits of Capstone from the following: PSY 401, PSY 429, PSY 430, PSY 432.

Electives

9 Credits: Select any Psychology courses with advisor's permission.

Admission To Teacher Education: 0

Upper Division Writing Met

Admissions Requirements

  • The upper division writing requirement may be met by the successful completion of any of the capstone courses: PSY 401, PSY 429, PSY 430, PSY 432.

Notes

2.50 overall In order to graduate, students must have a Minor or one year of foreign language and 15 Psychology credits in residence. A minimum 2.5 GPA in Psychology is also required.

See program website for additional information.

Learning Outcomes

Objective
Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems. Students completing foundation courses should demonstrate breadth of their knowledge and application of psychological ideas to simple problems; students completing a baccalaureate degree should show depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to problems of greater complexity.
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1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
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1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
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1.3 Describe applications of psychology
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Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods. Students completing foundation-level courses should learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior, studying research, and applying research design principles to drawing conclusions about psychological phenomena; students completing a baccalaureate degree should focus on theory use as well as designing and executing research plans.The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods. Students completing foundation-level courses should learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior, studying research, and applying research design principles to drawing conclusions about psychological phenomena; students completing a baccalaureate degree should focus on theory use as well as designing and executing research plans.
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2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
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2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy
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2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
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2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
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2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry
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Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World: The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity. Students completing foundation-level courses should become familiar with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology and begin to embrace the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in work settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should have more direct opportunities to demonstrate adherence to professional values that will help them optimize their contributions and work effectively, even with those who do not share their heritage and traditions. This domain also promotes the adoption of personal and professional values that can strengthen community relationships and contributions.
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3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
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3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
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3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels
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Goal 4: Communication Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills. Students completing foundation-level courses should write a cogent scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should produce a research study or other psychological project, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience. They should also develop flexible interpersonal approaches that optimize information exchange and relationship development.
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4.1 Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
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4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
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4.3 Interact effectively with others
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Goal 5: Professional Development:The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self- reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation. Foundation-level outcomes concentrate on the development of work habits and ethics to succeed in academic settings. The skills in this goal at the baccalaureate level refer to abilities that sharpen student readiness for postbaccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school. These skills can be developed
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5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
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5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
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5.3 Refine project-management skills
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5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity
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5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation with a baccalaureate degree

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