B.A./M.A. in General-Theoretical Psychology


This program, leading to a master’s degree in general/theoretical psychology, allows students to complete the typical B.A./M.A. course sequence in five years, rather than the usual six years of full-time study.
General Education Requirements (53 credits)

College Competencies (24 credits)

ENWR1101     Academic Writing
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
Speech/Professional Communication
Quantitative Analysis
Math or Technology or Statistics
PSYC2201     Statistics
Ethical and Moral Analysis
Scientific Analysis

Liberal Arts Distribution (21 credits)

Language
Social and Behavioral Sciences

PSYC2204     Child Development
Art and Culture
Humanities

University Requirements (8 credits)

UNIV1001       Transitioning to University Life
UNIV1002        Preparing for Professional Life
UNIV2001       Cross-cultural Perspectives 
UNIV2002       Global Issues       

Major Requirements (24 credits)

PSYC1103     General Psychology
PSYC2234     Social Psychology
PSYC3202     Experimental Psychology
PSYC3315     Abnormal Psychology
PSYC4500     Senior Seminar in Psychology (or)
PSYC4501     Advanced Senior Seminar
Psychology Elective  (9 credits)

Minor/SAC (15 credits)
Free Electives (13 credits)
Graduate Courses (36 credits)

Core Courses  (6 credits)

PSYC6121     Statistics and Research Methods
PSYC6129     Research Methods & Psychometrics

Choose 5 from 7 courses listed below (15 credits)

PSYC6109     Social Psychological Applications
PSYC6111     Theories of Personality
PSYC6114     Psychopathology
PSYC6128     Computer Applications & Report Writing 
PSYC7122     Developmental Psychology
PSYC7133     Learning, Cognition and Emotion
PSYC7130     Biological Bases of Behavior

Five Psychology Elective Courses (15 credits)

1Graduate Psychology Elective 

Total (141 credits)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Fifteen of these credits are “dual” credits that count toward the completion of both the BA and the MA degree. An additional 21 credits are required for the graduate (MA) degree. Up to 6 credits from the major and 6 credits from the minor may be applied toward the General Education requirements.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENWR1101 and ENWR1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.

SPEECH/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with public speaking and oral presentations, typically a course in SPCH.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS:  Accuplacer will place students in the appropriate class level. Students will take MATH 1101, 1105, 1107, or 1201 to satisfy this requirement; upper level MATH-prefix courses may be substituted with prior approval from Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences & Engineering.

MATH, TECHNOLOGY or STATISTICS:  Psychology majors will take PSYC2201 Statistics.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions. Choose course from PHIL, RELI, a course that has “ethics” in its title, or a course designated as meeting the requirement within a major program.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science from BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, MBIO, or PHYS.

LANGUAGE:  If a student is beginning a new language, Elementary II (1102) is required to fulfill the 3 credit language requirement. If the student is taking a language previously studied, successful completion of Intermediate I (2103) fulfills the requirement. The student taking a previously studied language must take the placement test. If the placement score is above the Intermediate I level, the student is excused from the language requirement and will need to replace those 3 language credits with a free elective.

ARTS AND CULTURE:  Take six credits of coursework in DAN, MUSIC, THEA, LANG, or any advisor approved Foreign Language, or ART1141, ART1142, ART1144, ART1151, ART1153, ART1157, ART1158, ART1159, ART1161, ART1167, ART1169, ART1181, ART1187, ART1189, ART1832, ART1841, COMM2104, COMM2210, COMM2415, COMM2103, COMM2743, COMM2745, or EPS 1201.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  Take six credits of coursework in COMM, CRIM, POLS, or SOCI. For Psychology majors, three credits will be satisfied by the required major course PSYC2204 Child Development.

HUMANITIES:  Take six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, or RELI, or the following ART courses:  ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238. Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.

1These courses are classified as general graduate psychology electives (any 6000 or 7000 PSYC course)