majoring in psychology must complete a total of forty-eight (48) units.
Five foundational courses (20 units) are usually
taken during freshman and sophomore years:
- PSYC - 101 General Psychology
- PSYC - 260 Psychological Statistics
- PSYC - 265 Research Design
- PSYC - 270 Biological Psychology
- RHET - 203 Writing in Psychology
In addition to the five foundational courses, students must
complete twenty-eight (28) units as follows:
Three breadth courses (12 units), selected from
among the following:
- PSYC - 310 Social Psychology
- PSYC - 312 Child Development
- PSYC - 313 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC - 318 Theories of Personality
- PSYC - 319 Cognitive Psychology
One diversity course in Psychology (4 units),
selected (in consultation with a faculty advisor) from current
Two electives (8 units), chosen from among
upper-division offerings in Psychology (300-level or above).
One course in Advanced Research Methods (4
- PSYC - 387 Advanced Research Topics OR
- PSYC - 388 Advanced Research Methods (Lab)
Students must obtain at least a "C" grade in each required
course in the major. Students may retake no more than one course
applied towards the psychology major.
Learning Goals/Outcomes for the B.A. in
Students who complete the B.A. in Psychology will be able
- Demonstrate the ability to think scientifically about
human behavior and psychological processes and to differentiate
conclusions based on evidence from those based on speculation or
- Evaluate research methods and designs, to distinguish
observations from conclusion.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of
psychology, including different areas of psychology, such as the social,
abnormal, developmental, personality, and cognitive areas, and
different approaches to the study of psychology, such as biological,
interpersonal, and sociological approaches.
- Show respect and appreciation for human diversity.
- Interpret the ethical practice of scientific inquiry
and apply a consideration of ethical issues and values, both within and
beyond the discipline, to their daily lives.
- Speak and write effectively, both generally and in
the language of the discipline.
- Research, review, and critically analyze a current
topic in psychology.