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Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology 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

 

Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy

1

Shared Skills and Proficiencies
   
Writing and Critical Thinking    
    WRIT 101 Composition

3

    HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
    CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing

3

    Oral Communication See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
    Technology See approved list 3
    Intensive Writing Met in major with PSYC 302 0
    Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
    Physical Activity See approved list; 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines*    
Global Perspectives See approved list

3

Historical Perspectives See approved list

3

Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives*

 

Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators; 3 hours met in major
with PSYC 101

3

Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators

6

Quantitative Skills and Natural Science* (3 courses) 9-12
    Quantitative Skills See approved list (3-8)
    Natural Science See approved list; must include one lab science.  [If 2 courses taken, must

(3-8)

  be in 2 different groups:  Life, Physical ,Earth]  
Subtotal   38-47
*No more than two courses in the major may count toward requirements in these areas  
Requirements in Major  

36

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

4

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

8

 
 
PSYC 303 Ethics in Psychological Research

0

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

3

 
 
 
Core Courses  

 

Choose 3 of 6:

9

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)  

12

Foreign Language Requirement  

3-8

Minor  

15-24

General Electives  

5-28

Total  

120

†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.  

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

Not more than 36 hours in any one subject designator may be applied toward the major for a BA degree.


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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