Psychology (PSY) Undergraduate Programs
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Also see College of Liberal Arts description and requirements.
Programs at a Glance
- BA – Psychology
- Minor – Psychology
- Minor (BES) – Psychology
Program admission and performance requirements
Admission – Department
- completion of 11 credits or more in psychology with 2.50 GPA
Graduation – University
- minor or one year of foreign language
University minimum requirements for bachelor’s degrees
- 120 credits
- 40 credits in Liberal Education
- 45 credits in upper-division (300-400) courses
- 30 credits in residence at SCSU
- 2.00 GPA overall, in major, and in minor (departments may set higher standards)
(See this section and the section on the College of Liberal Arts for more information.)
Chairperson: Joseph Melcher
Faculty: Bodvarsson, Buswell, DeVoe, Godding, Illies, Jazwinski, Kling, Kulas, Melcher, Mertens, Protolipac, Rockenstein, Valdes
The psychology undergraduate program is designed to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of the diverse content areas in psychology, as well as develop critical thinking, communication, and research skills. Our curriculum, based on the guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA), prepares students for careers related to psychology such as human resources, marketing, social services as well as advanced studies in psychology, medicine, or the law.
It is important that students consult early with departmental advisers, particularly if their plan is to continue their education in graduate school.
All majors must take the four core classes in the following sequence: Introduction to Psychology (115), Introduction to Laboratory Methods (116), Psychology Statistics (201), and Methodology in Psychology (202). The capstone course fulfills the upper division writing requirement. Requirements are:
- Core (11 credits, must be taken in sequence):
PSY 115, 116, 201, 202
- Foundations (15 credits):
PSY 240, 250, 270, 327, 353, 378, 386, 490
- Electives (12 credits):
Any four psychology classes. No more than six credits of any one course.
- Capstone (3 credits):
PSY 401, 430, 432 or 435
To be admitted into the psychology major students need to have taken at least 11 credits in psychology and have a 2.50 GPA overall at SCSU. Transfer students should meet with a Psychology Department adviser as soon as possible. In order to graduate, students need at least 15 psychology credits in residence and have achieved at least a 2.50 GPA in psychology.
This major requires either one year in a single foreign language OR a minor.
All students intending to minor must meet with a Psychology Department advisor.
Note: The psychology minor can be held in conjunction with the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science (teaching and non-teaching) or any Bachelor of Arts degrees.
All minors must take Introduction to Psychology (115), at least two courses from the Foundations (240, 250, 270, 327, 353, 378, 386, or 490) and ANY three other PSY courses.