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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Pscyhology majors at Winthrop acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills consistent with both the University’s general education goals and the American Psycho­logical Association’s Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals. Recent psychology graduates have obtained employment in a wide variety of fields such as health and human services, social services, business, and education, and/or pursued advanced preparation in various specialties of psychology as well as in medicine, law, business, education, and other fields.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 

General Education Courses


Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy


Critical Skills    
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition


CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking, & Writing


Quantitative Skills    
MATH 150 (preferred) or 105 or 151 or 201


   Foreign Language At the 102 level


  See approved list


Oral Communication See approved list


Technology See approved list


Skills for a Common Experience and Thinking Across Disciplines  
HMXP 102 The Human Experience: Who Am I?


Global Perspectives See approved list


Historical Perspectives See approved list


Developing Critical Skills: Applying them to Disciplines  
Natural Science See approved list; one must be a lab science


Social Science 3 met in major with PSYC 101; remaining 3-6 from second


  designator on approved list.  
Humanities and Arts See approved list,


*a total of 12 semester hours from these two groups must be taken


Intensive Writing Met in major with PSYC 302


Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met by other requirement


Requirements in Major  


PSYC 101**, PSYC 198 Gen Psychology, Psyc as Discipline & Profession


Experimental Sequence    
PSYC 301**, PSYC 302** Statistics & Research Methods


PSYC 303 Ethics in Psychological Research


SR Capstone Experience    
PSYC 400, PSYC 463 or PSYC 498 Hist & Systems of PSYC, Internship, Senior Seminar


Core Courses  


Choose 3 of 6:


PSYC 206 Developmental Psychology  
PSYC 305 Social Psychology: The Individual and Other People  
PSYC 213 Abnormal Psychology  
PSYC 335 Biological Psychology  
PSYC 409 Principles of Learning  
PSYC 508 Principles of Learning: Cognition  
PSYC Electives (courses numbered above 299)  


Foreign Language Requirement  




General Electives  




†This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized proficiency examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite. A maximum of one course may be counted in the Logic/Language/Semiotics Area.

**Must attain a grade of C- or higher.

Major Specific Notes:

  1. The student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of PSYC courses in residence at Winthrop University. No more than three hours of
    Field Experience or Academic Internship can count toward the major. Students must complete the Quantitative Skills requirement before beginning PSYC 301.
  2. PSYC 198 may be waived at the discretion of the Chair and Dean’s Office for students transferring with a considerable amount of Psychology credit or those who enter the major as Juniors or Seniors.
  3. Students changing their majors from Biology to Psychology who have completed BIOL 300 with a grade of C- or better, are not required to complete PSYC 302. Dual majors in Psychology and Biology should complete only one of the two required experimental courses (PSYC 302 or BIOL 300). Consult your adviser for an appropriate course.
  4. Students changing their majors from Sociology to Psychology or Sociology majors with Psychology minors, who have passed SOCL 316 with a grade of C- or better, are not required to complete PSYC 301. Double majors in Psychology and Sociology should complete only one of the two required statistics courses (PSYC 301 or SOCL 316). Consult your adviser for an appropriate course.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

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