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2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology


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Bachelor of Arts 

The Department of Psychology offers a bachelor of arts degree in general psychology. The curriculum provides a sound foundation in the principles of behavior that will allow students to apply their knowledge in postgraduate occupations or graduate study. Major emphasis is placed upon a thorough development of the critical and analytical tools of contemporary psychology so that students will become adept in formulating meaningful questions about behavior and devising valid strategies for answering those questions. These goals are pursued in a curriculum that includes both applied and research aspects of the discipline in the hope of producing well-rounded, resourceful, and well-informed graduates. Advanced students are encouraged to undertake some form of independent learning experience through seminars, tutorials, independent research, and supervised field placements.

Consistent with the spirit of liberal arts education, the Department of Psychology allows wide latitude in selecting electives within the concentration and leaves extensive opportunity in all students’ curricula for sampling the wealth and variety of course offerings at the College. We invite our students to explore and challenge the riches of knowledge available in courses at the College and to continue that exploration long after their graduations.

Requirements for Majors


Beginning with the Class of 2010, the psychology major requirements have changed. The major requires 12 psychology courses for a total of 39 credits, and distribution of those credits will be according to the following categories.

The following courses are required of all psychology majors:


Plus at least one course from each of the following areas for a total of six courses:


Understanding Biological Processes


Understanding Developmental Processes


Understanding Social and Cultural Contexts


In addition


Psychology majors must elect at least three additional courses numbered at the 300 level or higher from among the additional offerings in the department or from among the courses listed in the categories above.

Suggested Sequence


Freshman Sem. 1


Freshman Sem. 2


Sophomore Sem. 1


Sophomore Sem. 2


Junior Sem. 1


Applying Research Meth or Elective 3-4 Credits
300-Level Distribution Elective 3 Credits
Philosophy Elective 3 Credits
Fine Arts Elective 3 Credits
Free Elective 3 Credits

Junior Sem. 2


Applying Research Meth or Elective 3-4 Credits
300-Level Distribution Elective 3 Credits
Theology Elective (Group I) 3 Credits
Free Elective 3 Credits
Non-Departmental Elective 3 Credits

Senior Sem. 1


Psychology in Depth or Electives (2) 6-8 Credits
Philosophy Elective (Ethics) 3 Credits
Free Elective 3 Credits
Non-Departmental Elective 3 Credits

Senior Sem. 2


Psychology in Depth or Elective 3-4 Credits
Theology Elective (Group II) 3 Credits
Free Electives (2) 6 Credits
Non-Departmental Elective 3 Credits

Notes


*The Department of Psychology recommends that the natural science requirement be met with a two-semester sequence, with or without a lab, in a natural science department (biology, chemistry, or physics).

The above sequence of courses reflects one possible program of study but may be adjusted. For more information on prior year requirements, please consult previous editions of the Undergraduate Catalog or contact the psychology department directly.

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