Undergraduate Programs

The study of psychology has as its aim a knowledge of the facts, causes, and principles relating to human behavior, motivation and personality; an understanding of human development; and the application of psychological principles, modes, and techniques to the solution of human problems. Of paramount importance to the successful study of psychology is the integration of psychological knowledge with the humanities, the biological sciences, and social sciences.

The Psychology department offers two options for students who wish to major in Psychology. Regardless of the option selected, all psychology majors are required to take both a common core of courses and the courses which are particular to the focus selected.

  • The General Psychology Major is intended for those students who pursue careers in psychology. These areas usually require at least the M.A. degree, and this sequence of courses is designed to provide a broad background in psychology and a very strong foundation for graduate study or employment.
  • Developmental Psychology/Certificate in Family Life Education is designed for those students who wish to prepare themselves for careers in various helping professions immediately upon graduation. A developmental Psychology major prepares the student for careers in such fields as child care, child welfare, family relations, parent education and programs for older people. Though practica and special projects, a student can acquire expertise in working with a particular population, e.g. children, the elderly, etc.
  •  Industrial/Organizational Psychology applies psychology to organizations and th workplace and contributes to an organization's success by improving the performance and well-being of its people.  Topics in the field include motivation, stress, jor satisfaction, selection and placement, job design, performance appraisal, organizational structure and training and development, to name a few.  Emphasis is on understanding research and practice at the levels of the individual employee, work group, and organization.
  • The Psychology Minor program is a minimum of 18 credit hours (6 course) program designed to give students broad exposure to psychology as a scientific and professional discipline.