Major in Psychology
The psychology major is designed for students who desire to learn the fundamentals of behavioral science within the context of a traditional liberal arts education. Students receive a comprehensive exposure to the foundations of psychological theory and application, and are introduced to laboratory and field research. The psychology major prepares students for a wide variety of professional and business careers, and it provides the necessary foundation for graduate study in psychology or related disciplines.
Program Learning Outcomes
- demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
- respect and use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry and a scientific approach to understanding human behavior and psychological processes
- understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
- apply psychological theory, methodology and findings to develop a greater understanding of the whole person, as an individual and as a member of a large community, society, and culture
- will be able to communicate psychological information effectively in a variety of formats
- recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity
Foundational (20 units - 5 courses)
Usually taken 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
Breadth (12 units - 3 courses)
- PSYC 310 Social Psychology
- PSYC 312 Child Development
- PSYC 313 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 318 Theories of Personality
- PSYC 319 Cognitive Psychology
Diversity (4 units - 1 course)
Select in consultation with a faculty adviser from current department listings.
Electives (8 units - 2 courses)
Upper-division offerings in Psychology, 300-level or above.
Advanced Research Methods (4 units - 1 course)
- PSYC 387 Advanced Research Topics
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.