Psychology, B.A.

Completion of requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology ensures that students have been given an extensive background in research methods and have been introduced to the basic areas of specialization within psychology. To this end, the curriculum is designed around a set of required courses called The Core which includes Introduction to Psychology, a sequence of three Research Methods courses; Field Research, and a Senior Seminar in a specialized area of interest.

In addition to these core courses, students choose five electives:

  • One Group A Platform course in the areas of physiological or cognitive psychology
  • One Group B Platform course in the areas of clinical, developmental, or social psychology
  • One Group C Platform course in the areas of diversity and social justice
  • Two additional electives, at least one of which is at the 4000 level.

In selecting courses beyond the required core, students enrich the scope of their knowledge, and are able to prepare for employment or advancement in a way that matches their particular interests, abilities, and occupational goals. While some students begin employment with a Bachelor’s degree, in order to advance professionally, many students go on to pursue graduate degrees in psychology or social work. The program provides majors with a strong background for entering graduate studies in many related fields of human service.